Local & Regional Briefs

Sunday, February 04, 2018
10 Seek Four Claremont School Seats; Deliberative Session Wednesday

Claremont  — Seven candidates, including three incumbents, have filed to run for the trio of three-year School Board seats on the March ballot.

Brian Rapp, who was replaced as chairman last week in a 5-2 vote by the board, is seeking another term along with incumbents Alex Herzog and Vice Chairwoman Rebecca Zullo.

They are being challenged by Jason Benware, Steven Horsky, Kelly Mulloy and David Pacetti.

For the one-year term, now held by Herzog, former board member Richard Seaman is on the ballot with James Allen and Carolyn Greenslet Towle. Incumbent Chris Irish is not running.

On Wednesday, the annual school deliberative session will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Residents will debate and possibly amend the proposed $31.14 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The board adopted the budget in a 4-3 vote in early January after and public hearing where residents expressed strong feelings both for and against the budget, which represents 1 percent or $329,000 reduction from this year.  The budget includes $307,000 for the first year of a new two-year contract with the teachers.

Also on the warrant are three articles with appropriations for security upgrades, ($141,000), school bus replacement ($39,000) and roofing improvements ($100,000). 

Total requested appropriations are $290,000 less than this year and if adopted Wednesday and approved by voters in March, are estimated to reduce the local school tax rate by 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Newport Budget Up For Debate at Tuesday’s Deliberative Session

Newport — The School Board will present a proposed $18.6 million budget at the annual deliberative session beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the high school gymnasium.

The budget, which can be amended by residents, represents a $930,000 increase from this year and most of that is attributable to special education costs, SAU 43 Superintendent Cindy Gallagher said.

The budget also includes money for autism services at the middle school, an additional elementary teacher and a technology integrator for the district.

The default budget is $18,076,338.

Gallagher said the proposed budget would increase the local school tax rate $3.89 per $1,000 and the projected tax impact of the default is $2.58.

Also on the warrant are one-year contracts for teachers and support staff, $233,000 for an Autism Program at the middle high school in addition to the autism services in the budget and $50,000 each transportation capital reserve fund and unanticipated educational service expendable trust fund

Nominations for New Hampshire Preservation Award Sought

Concord — The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is seeking nominations for its annual awards that honored historic preservation project across the state.

The deadline is March 12 to submit a nomination for the awards that recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses for everything from restoration and stewardship. The award will be presented in Concord May 8 at the Concord City Auditorium.

Last year's winners included the rehabilitation of an old store in Effingham and the revitalization of a vacant mill building in Claremont.

In Concord, the city's revitalization of Main Street and the state's restoration of the Statehouse dome took home awards.

Other projects honored include the preservation of tin ceilings at the trustees' office of the Canterbury Shaker Village and renovations at the Northwood Congregational Church.

— Staff and wire reports