Ted Siefer's City Hall: Manchester school board should be proud of its accomplishments
Preliminary numbers indicated that the district had managed to cut its dropout rate in half over the past school year; donors were ponying up tens of thousands of dollars for the STEAM Ahead program; and, most important, the board had finalized a budget that the superintendent said should allow the district to begin the school year in the fall without a single overcrowded class.
Stewart used the opportunity to reiterate his belief the school budget remained inadequate and that the district doesn't do enough long-term planning. "I know I sound like a broken record here, but I want to see what it looks like to have the schools fully funded for the next five years," he said.
The end of school could come even later next year, Avard noted, if there are a lot of snow days.
Still, Avard was happy to see the graduation date put out there so soon.
The sky isn't falling at City Hall after all. You might recall that Mayor Ted Gatsas had proposed bonding close to $1 million for repairs and renovations at City Hall. At their final budget meeting, earlier this month, most of the aldermen thought it would be better to put the bond money toward road repairs.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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