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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Two ribbon cuttings were held at the newly restored
Depot Train Station in Salem on February 4, marking the official open of the Museum of Transportation and the new office facility of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Depot Restoration Committee members cut the ribbon
In the museum, Beverly and Howie Glynn, who were surrounded by other restoration committee members, cut the purple ribbon. Beth Roth displayed a picture book of the depot, created by the restoration committee. The next ribbon cutting took place outside the main entrance to the Chamber. Board of Directors Chairman Travis Terry cut the ribbon with the support of many Chamber members. Inside, Keith Belair, Director of the Relocation Committee, spoke on the move and was thanked by Executive Director Donna Morris for all his hard work. Many Chamber members made their way in throughout the day, and the Chamber welcomes people to stop by anytime.
Concord Update Targets Cost-Effectiveness for All
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Concord Update, sponsored
by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, was held at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands this past Monday. The first topic covered involved regulations put on businesses and ways to help businesses comply with them. Representative D.J. Bettencourt said they would first take a comprehensive look at the current regulations in place, why they are there, and if they could ease some of them and still accomplish the goal of the regulation, but take some pressure off of businesses. He then said that even Governor Lynch recognizes more needs to be done to promote businesses on the regulation side.
Representative Bob Elliott explaining that there is a new sheriff in town and tough budget choices will be made
Senator Chuck Morse spoke on bonds for the communities. Morse said, “I think the state’s lost their mind in bonding.” Money often returned to the community from rooms and meals tax has already been promised to bonds. The bonds were previously paid
in cash and now are backed by rooms and meals tax. He thinks we should pay what is owed now, and suspend any capital until they get the budget in line. The court system was next, with facilities closing and having reduced operating time. Senator Church Morse said that he has legislation in that would keep courts open. He said courts are one place to start reform. While they can’t keep every court open, he will fight for Salem. A question was asked about
what was being done to keep our level of education competitive with neighboring states. Representative Bettencourt responded, saying that New Hampshire scores very well in education and always near the top. “What New Hampshire does have a problem with is a brain drain,” he said, saying that the state does an excellent job with universities, but then loses students because there aren’t jobs here. continued to page 6- Concord Update
Kids’ Carnival Benefits Region 10
Kristen and Kaitlyn Frost with Kim Heghinian man the cake walk
Trevor Salvetti (7th grader at Woodbury) and mom Danielle
Leah, 9, and her mom, Jinelle Hobson, in charge of candy sales
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Voters in Salem restored some of the cuts made to the school district budget, focusing mostly on technology and administrative staff at Salem High School.
Cookie brothers, Dylan and Kaleb Brewster by Robyn Hatch
Region 10 Community Support Services, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders, held its 14th Annual Kids’ Carnival this past weekend at the Woodbury Middle School
Salem officers Basil Chingros, Robert Genest, and Matt Norcross
in Salem. While admission was free, donations were also accepted at the door. There were plenty of games and prizes to keep the children occupied, including a coloring contest available to children from preschool to grade 5. Artwork
Samantha (pink), Wendy, and Mark Rapaport of Salem
was judged and prizes were awarded to all winners. New this year was the Mad Science Show, followed by Ronald McDonald magic shows. There were also many other demonstrations, games, and prizes.
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At the annual Deliberative Session held on Thursday, February 10, at the Salem High School’s Seifert Auditorium, voters in attendance voted to restore $344,867 that had originally been cut from the operating budget at the recommendation of the Municipal Budget Committee. The Salem School Board chose not to seek the additional $341,910 that had also been cut. The funding that was restored includes $125,736 for the lease-purchase of 618 laptop computers that will be placed at Woodbury Middle School and Salem High School. The majority of the laptops will be for teacher use, but many are for the school libraries and also for student use. The district is set to pay $125,000 per year over the course of three years as well as $24,000 in interest, which Budget Committee member Stephen Campbell strongly opposed to. Campbell took the microphone at the School District’s Deliberative Session, suggesting to the members of the School Board and the voters that purchasing items in this fashion costs more in the long run. “If we paid with cash every year, it would save us the interest,” he said. He also cited the former information technology director, saying that equipment that was purchased while he was there was needed and necessary, yet the current information technology director, Al Dano, says that equipment that was purchased in the recent past does not meet the district’s current needs. School Board Member Bernard Campbell, who presented the proposed budget to voters, used a chart to explain what exactly the laptop computers would be used for and where they would be placed. He also cited a presentation made to the School Board on Tuesday, February 8, by staff from the North Salem Elementary School, who have students learning on programs via laptop computers and what a success it has been for those particular students, who were fourth graders. The additional money restored to the school district’s proposed budget is to also restore a dean of students at Salem High School, as well as a secretary at the school.
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Volume 4 Number 30 February 18, 2011 12 Pages
Te Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce relocation is officially complete
Salem School District Sees Some Budget Cuts Restored
Currently, the high school has three deans of students each handling approximately 500 students per dean, according to School District Superintendent Michael Delahanty. If the funding had been cut, Delahanty had said that would bring the number of students per dean to about 750. “Seven hundred fifty students per administrator is just unmanageable,” he said during the Deliberative Session. Deans of students at Salem High School handle many different tasks that arise during the day—discipline of students only being one of those tasks. Campbell also encouraged voters to restore funding, saying that the school just would not be able to manage without the staff. High School Secretary Prudence Iverson spoke at the Deliberative Session, taking the microphone and sympathizing with those who have not had raises in years and were falling on hard times. She, however, has worked at Salem High School for many years and remembered when staff at the school was stretched to its limits and was very much understaffed while enrollment was at its highest, with Windham students attending Salem High School. “I watched as the staff
was stretched to its limits. These are our kids, our town, and they deserve a quality education. We can give it to them. Dig deeper and stay away from Dunkin’ Donuts,” Iverson said. Though applauding is not allowed until the closure of the meeting, Iverson received a serious round of applause for her words spoken at the Deliberative Session meeting, requiring School District Moderator Mark Pearson to regain order on the floor at the meeting and reminding voters to with hold their applause until the end of the session. Approximately 100 Salem
voters turned out for the meeting and voted to restore the money requested by the School Board for the operating budget. In addition to technology and staff funds being restored, voters also voted to restore $7,266 for the Salem High School Boys’ Gymnastics Team—the only one in the State of New Hampshire. The amendment to restore boys’ gymnastics was brought to the attention of the voters by Dan Appleton. The operating budget going to the voters on the ballot on March 8 will be for just over $59 million. School property taxes
continued to page 6- Budget Cuts
staff photo by Len Lathrop
staff photos by S. Aaron Shamshoyan
staff photo by Robyn Hatch
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