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Letter: Big decision in Dunbarton

On Saturday Dunbarton voters will be making an important decision about where to send 7th- through 12th-grade students for 10 years starting July 1, 2014.

Babysitting by the PTO will be available during the meeting. Parking may be limited around the school, so carpool if you can.

Residents must be registered to vote prior to Saturday’s meeting. There is no registration the day of the district meeting. Voters may register all day today, as voting for elected officials takes place, or you may contact the town clerk’s office.

The meeting is at the Dunbarton Elementary School Noyes Community Center. Please plan to arrive early to check in with the checklist supervisors. The meeting starts promptly at 1 p.m. Articles 1 and 2 are routine. Article 3 pertains to the Goffstown-New Boston-Dunbarton AREA Agreement; Article 4, the Bow-Dunbarton AREA Agreement; and Article 5, the withdrawal from SAU 19 and reorganization with SAU 67. All three of these articles will be discussed together before voting by ballot.

Please bring your copies of the Jan. 30 AREA handout that contains information comparing the two school districts’ curriculum, costs and other information. You may retrieve a copy of this handout from the Dunbarton Elementary School website, dunbarton.k12.nh.us.

The operating budget for the elementary school, special education, transportation and tuition costs for middle and high school students (Article 6); the three-year teachers contract (Article 7); the capital reserve fund (Article 8); and the Community Kitchen fund (Article 9) will be voted on after the AREA agreement articles.

RENE OUELLET, CARL METZGER, DEBRA FOSTER, JEFF TREXLER
and DEBORAH TROTTIER

Dunbarton

(The writers are members of the Dunbarton School Board.)

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