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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010

Linda Reinelt Named Nancy Apostol Award Winner

PENNY WILLIAMS

NUTFIELD NEWS

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The 2010 winner of the prestigious Nancy Apostol Award is Linda Reinelt, an educational assistant at East Derry Memorial Elementary School.

Reinelt was nominated by the East Derry Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and was described as a per- son who does much for the school and community. She is known as the Box Top Queen for the quantity of

box tops she collects and is involved in any event taking place at the school, from Read Across America to the school’s Relay for Life team effort.

Apostol was a beloved teacher at Grinnell Elemen- tary School, described as a teacher and a person who filled the class, the school and the students with love. Reinelt, whose husband,

Bill, and daughters Christine and Abby were present to share her excitement at receiving the Nancy Apostol

educator, it is easier to stand before a class of first graders clad in a paper bag dress and tiara than it was to stand before her peers gathered at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School for the award. But she spoke from her heart, which she said was racing, and thanked the East Derry community for the nomina- tion.

Linda Reinelt

Award, said she was truly honored. She said that as an

“I am honored,” she said

again. “I have learned about Nancy Apostol that she was a caring and compassionate individual who was dedicat-

ed, heart and soul, to chang- ing the world of education one child at a time.” She thanked her family for being there for her and for taking up the slack when she was working.

“Thank you for your

love and support,” she said. “The Derry School District is the best around. Thank you to my fellow educators at East Derry for all the wis- dom, knowledge and sup- port you have given me.” She concluded by saying that teachers do what they

do and she does what she does for the reward of seeing a child succeed, receiving an unexpected hug and being able to see the world through the eyes of a child. The Nancy

Apostol

Award is given and spon- sored by the PTA Council, which is made up of all the Derry PTA and Parent Teacher Student Association organizations. The award was created by the PTA Council as a way to honor and remember Apostol.

Town Council Holds Off on Education Lawsuit Funding

ADAM COUGHLIN

NUTFIELD NEWS

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Following a meeting

between town and school board officials and a recent vote in the state Senate, the town council has decided it is too soon to appropriate $50,000 to be used by the school board if it decides to enter into a lawsuit against the state for failure to ade- quately fund education. Larry Budreau, acting as

town administrator while Gary Stenhouse is on vaca- tion, told the council at its April 6 meeting that both town and school officials thought it was too soon to appropriate the funds. Budreau said the deci-

sion was made during a meeting he attended along with Stenhouse, council chair Brad Benson, school board chair Kevin Gordon

and school board member Brenda Willis, as well as Superintendent Mary Ellen Hannon.

At the school district

Deliberative Session Jan. 30, the public voted to add $50,000 to the school budg- et to be used if a funding for- mula in Concord goes into effect, in which Derry is set to lose $7.1 million in edu- cational funding. But a recent vote in the

Senate to extend the current collar on the formula would leave things as they are and Derry with its funding for another year. This bill has now moved to the House for a vote.

Budreau explained that if this bill falls through and the school board decides to pursue legal action, the town council can make a supple- mental appropriation at that time.

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“We will all be one

town,” said Gordon at the school board meeting that same night. “We’re not ready yet. We don’t need the money yet. When we do, we will come forward and ask for the money.”

Hannon said the $50,000

added at the Deliberative Session is for the next fiscal year and the school board cannot touch it until July 1, so it would be premature to discuss any legal action. She said she is encouraged by what happened in the Senate and noted that while the House previously rejected a similar bill, it did not have the provision for a study committee to examine the feasibility of the formula.

“I was very encouraged with the town,” Hannon said. “The chair was very interested in our issues.” Also at the April 6 town council meeting, Benson used his Chairman’s Report to address issues raised dur- ing the public forum of the last council meeting. State Representative Phyllis

Katsakiores, R-Derry had approached the council and requested audio be added to the emergency announce- ments broadcast on Channel 17. Benson said emergency announcements that are now played on AM 1610 will be transmitted to Channel 17 and will go live as they are happening on the radio. Benson also thanked and

acknowledged the services of Barb Ellingwood, who was the station administrator for many years. Ellingwood recently retired due to dis- ability. Budreau told the council that the station had been staffed with two full- time employees since 2005. He said Chris Martin, who deals mostly with technical issues, has been doing an exceptional job running the station with volunteer help, but noted it is too much work. The council recently enacted a hiring freeze, with the town administrator re- quired to get the council’s permission before filling a vacancy. Budreau requested such permission from the board and noted the town will soon operate two sta- tions, Derry Government

Channel and Derry Public Access Channel, which will mean more work for Martin. As the Cable 17 operat- ing costs are funded by the receipt of Comcast franchise fees, such a hiring would have no impact on the tax rate, he said.

Councilor Kevin Coyle noted that Ellingwood has been absent for almost six months and the council will be reviewing the Cable 17 budget in the next month. He asked about waiting until such a review before giving the go-ahead for a hiring. Councilor Brian Chiri- chiello agreed with Coyle. He also said he would like to see a job description. The council will revisit the issue when it reviews the Cable 17 budget on Tuesday,

April 8 edition misstated information about the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest award given to Cadette Girl Scouts.

CORRECTION: An article in the

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