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My Turn: If Dunbarton has questions, we have answers

The Goffstown School Board wishes to thank Dunbarton School Board Chairman Rene Oullet and school board member Deb Foster for their kind invitations to the Dunbarton community forum to discuss the Dunbarton-New Boston-Goffstown Authorized Regional Enrollment Area plan and the Dunbarton-Bow plan, both of which will be on the March ballot in Dunbarton.

Members of the Goffstown School Board and the New Boston School Board, as well as New Boston Assistant Principal Tori Underwood, were all present. The board members, invited by the Dunbarton School Board, were available to answer questions from Dunbarton residents, to demonstrate support for the agreement that they had worked to craft and to show their continued commitment to Dunbarton.

We were thrilled to be invited and would have been equally thrilled to have been introduced to the community, so residents would at least know that New Boston and Goffstown were present, as a reflection of our commitment to our ongoing relationship.

It was a Dunbarton presentation to its community. The invited non-community members were there at the invitation of the board, not to co-opt the presentation. There were questions left unanswered that this delegation could have knowledgeably responded to.

If there continue to be questions from members of the Dunbarton community that New Boston or Goffstown might respond to, please contact the board or SAU 19 so that you might be afforded a response.

To the gentleman who asked if the fund that held the rental charge would be restored to Dunbarton if the community elected to move its students to Bow: The charge is a mechanism for recovering a portion of the equitable costs of capital renovations, improvements and expansions. At this writing, the Dunbarton equitable share remaining on the Goffstown High School renovation, improvement and expansion, undertaken to satisfy accreditation requirements, is $880,000.

To the gentleman who asked about the impact of a withdrawal from Goffstown by Dunbarton: It would mean that New Boston and Goffstown would bear the burden of raising the approximately $2 million in revenue to offset the Dunbarton tuition.

Because of the distribution of Dunbarton students, there would be few areas where there would be opportunity for cost reductions.

It is possible that there were other questions that I have overlooked, that were particular to or appropriately answered by the Goffstown School Board.

The board continues to be available to answer any other questions.

(Philip Pancoast is chairman of the Goffstown School Board.)

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