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Gilford school budget includes telephones, bleachers

The Gilford School District’s proposed operating budget is $24.6 million, about a 2 percent increase over the current year.

The $512,500 increase is driven mostly by maintenance projects, said Superintendent Kent Hemingway. New auditorium seats are included for $105,000, and a new phone system will cost $200,000.

“Our phone system is way outdated and is in a critical place to be overhauled,” Hemingway said.

The new system will be installed in the district’s three schools and its one administrative building.

∎  The operating budget does not include a warrant appropriation of $111,798 for the first year of a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Gilford Education Association. The school board approved the contract unanimously, but the budget committee approved it on a split vote.

∎ Voting: Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center on Potter Hill Road.

Legacy Comments1

$200k for a phone system...Really? A phone system costs more than the average NH home? Are they gold plated?

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