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January 12, 2012 ◆ Volume 13 – Issue 2


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School Budget Approaches $65 Million, Cuts $50,000


KATHLEEN D. BAILEY T


LONDONDERRY TIMES ————––––––————–◆


he Londonderry School Board has settled on a working operating budget number of $64,716,379 to take to voters in public hearings and the Feb. 10 delibera- tive session. The board approved the working budget 5-0 at its Jan. 5 budget meeting. In a previous meeting,


the board requested that Superintendent Nate Green- berg prepare a document listing the budget reduc- tions that would be need- ed to arrive at a zero tax


increase budget. At the Jan. 5 meeting,


Greenberg told the board the current working bud- get total was $66,424,246, including the proposed operating budget of $65,133,264, a proposed Maintenance Trust Fund appropriation of $600,000, a teacher contract in- crease of $638,952, an Allied Health Profession- als contract increase of $51,930, and lease agree- ments.


The total budget if ap-


proved would represent a 1.79 percent increase over the Fiscal Year 12


approved amount, Green- berg said, and would re- sult in a 20 cents per $1,000 or 1.60 percent in- crease in the tax rate. Without leases, the oper- ating budget would be $64,766,379, $306,209 be- low the default budget, an increase of 0.58 percent or $373,442 over this year’s approved budget, and an 8 cent decrease in the tax rate. Greenberg said to a- chieve the zero tax rate and remove the 20 cents per $1,000, the budget would have to be reduced


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Town Officials Question PSNH on Tree Trimming, Outdated Technology


KATHLEEN D. BAILEY T


Londonderry High sophomores Elisabeth Caron, left, and Emily Geor- gakopoulos cut each other’s hair during the annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths event. They were two of the 231 hair donors assembled in the high school gym on Friday morning. Photo by Chris Paul


1,000 Donor Mark Surpassed at LHS Hair Cutting


KATHLEEN D. BAILEY L


LONDONDERRY TIMES ————––––––————–◆


ondonderry High School teach- er Steve Juster remembered the day in 2006 when he first


heard about the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Ellyse Davis, the first student he asked to have her hair cut for wigs for cancer patients, respectfully declined. A model, she


thought she needed long hair for her assignments.


Juster showed a video about the


program and left permission slips in the classrooms. Finally, he got called to a classroom with several recruits. "And Ellyse was the first one," he said, "to hand me a permission slip." Davis and other alumnae, parents continued on page 6


LONDONDERRY TIMES ————––––––————–◆


echnology, timing and trees were the focus of a meeting


Saturday between Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) representatives and Londonderry resi- dents and town officials. The meeting was plan- ned and facilitated by the Town Council and Town Manager David Caron in response to residents' is- sues after September's Tropical Storm Irene, the pre-Halloween snowstorm, and a pattern of storms and related outages going back over a decade. While PSNH personnel said they were doing the best they could, London- derry residents urged them not to leave the town in the dark, either physically or metaphorically.


PSNH staff members attending the meeting in- cluded Elizabeth LaRoc- ca, community relations manager for the Southern Division, who was the main spokesperson; Mark Sandler, southern division manager; Doug Frazier, field supervisor for the Hooksett Line Depart- ment; Jay Yergeau, field supervisor for the Derry Line Department; Bob Allen, vegetation manag- er; and Michael Skelton, communications director. Historical perspective "The Council suggest- ed we have a meeting and look at the most recent disaster, while preparing for the next one," Caron said, noting Londonderry was 90 percent without power at one point. Using a PowerPoint pre- sentation, LaRocca explain-


ed PSNH serves 500,000 cus- tomers in 211 communities, covering 5,628 square miles, and is the utility company for 75 percent of New Hamp- shire. The operations are divided into three tiers: Sea- coast and Northern, West and Central, and Southern, the biggest portion with 240,000 PSNH customers, including Londonderry. PSNH has 10,300 cus- tomers in Londonderry, the eighth largest commu- nity in New Hampshire, continued on page 2


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