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Letter: Reject million-dollar school budget cut, Allenstown

An Allenstown resident and budget committee member requested an amendment to cut $1 million from the school budget at our deliberative session on Feb.1. When asked where the money was coming from, he couldn’t give an answer. Residents present approved the amendment by two votes anyway. Apparently their wallets are more important than the future and success of our students.

Unfortunately the ballot is going to read that the budget committee and school board recommend the budget. The school board recommended the original budget, not the amended one.

At a recent meeting school board Chairman Tom Irzyk outlined what the school would lose if the budget is voted in. Budget committee members voted to not even reopen the article so they could change their recommendation. One member even compared us to Goffstown, saying that voters there made a similar cut. What wasn’t mentioned is that Goffstown has a school budget of over $30 million! How about comparing us to schools in our own district like Epsom (around $9 million) and Deerfield (around $11 million) with similar student populations?

Should this cut go through we could lose music, art, gym, both school libraries, athletic teams, technology improvements and who knows what else. There is even a possibility we could lose $500,000 in state funding. It is going to be much more costly in the long run should this budget go through.

Please support our schools and students. Vote No for the school budget on March 11.

KRIS FOWLER

Allenstown

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