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February 4, 2013

N.H. deliberative sessions wind down this week


At a recent bond hearing, school district business administrator Peter Curro presented the board with a list of more than 25 projects he said were needed at various district schools.

Some work projected under an approved bond includes paving, roofing work, asbestos removal and other repairs that school officials say are necessary. A 60 percent vote to approve is needed for this article to pass.

Pelham mulls budgets, kindergarten

Pelham voters, too, have town and school deliberative sessions this week. It starts will the town session at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Sherburne Hall, 6 Village Green.

Town officials are looking for a $13 million budget.

A citizen petition warrant article will ask voters to consider giving a property tax break to disabled residents.

The school deliberative session is Wednesday at 7 p.m., also in Sherburne Hall.

School officials are requesting a $27.6 million budget.

Voters also will discuss a proposed $1.7 million kindergarten project and an $895,000 Town Hall renovation to provide offices for the School Administrative Unit 28 offices, relocating to Pelham after a breakup with Windham.

Salem faces school projects

Salem voters will consider major school renovation articles Thursday. The deliberative session begins at 7 p.m. at Salem High School.

The articles include a $16.2 million bond to upgrade the Fisk, Soule and Haigh elementary schools, and a proposal to spend an additional $805,237 on improvements at Haigh.

Voters will also debate a citizens petition article seeking $679,000 for a multipurpose room at Soule.

The proposals come only a year after voters defeated a $21.5 million plan to renovate the three schools. A year earlier, residents approved a similar proposal to upgrade the Lancaster, Barron and North Salem elementary schools.

Declining student enrollment has prompted district officials to consider closing Haigh. The School Board decided to hold off on a full $5.5 million renovation of Haigh in case it is shuttered.

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