Home » News » Politics » Town Meetings
Ortega, Barnes reelected to Merrimack School Board
A family walks into the polls on Tuesday in Merrimack while candidates and their supporters campaign outside. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON PHOTO)
Shannon Barnes and Christopher Ortega were both elected to a second term on the School Board.
Ortega topped the field with 1,268 votes, just a handful more than Barnes who was second with 1,264.
Gary Krupp, a town Budget Committee member finished third with 896 votes.
Voters rejected a warrant article seeking $1.5 million for the construction of a new, consolidated special services and administrative office building for the school district.
A majority of voters backed the proposal, but the margin of 963 in favor and 912 opposed was short of the three-fifth's "supermajority" needed for approval.
Another 165 votes would have been needed for approval.
Ortega said he was disappointed with the low voter turnout saying he wished more people would take the time to cast ballots.
Barnes said her campaign worked paid off on election day.
"I worked my tail off," Barnes said as she greeted voters outside the polls.
Krupp said before the polls closed that he ran a good campaign and was pleased with his interaction with local residents.
"People had more of an opportunity to learn about me and my positions, which was important this time around," said Krupp. "But, it is a pretty sleepy election."
Incumbent Daniel Dwyer won reelection to the Town Council, and former Councilor David Yakuboff claimed another seat. Both were unopposed.
Voters approved a 2013-2014 town operating budget of $28,725,477, as well as five collective bargaining agreements on the town portion of the ballot.
On the school ballot, voters approved a $66.3 million school district operating budget, and a new contract with teachers that increases the salary budget by $1.65 million over the next three years.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Nashua fourth-graders show significant gains in science - 0
- UNH math professor earns prestigious MacArthur Fellowship - 0
- School emergency notification system to launch in Londonderry - 0
- New Nashua computer curriculum stresses exam, lifetime skills - 0
- Manchester teachers to hold 2nd contract vote following voting hours complaints - 26
- Alton educator selected as NH Teacher of the Year - 0
- USNH: Restore funding and we'll freeze tuition - 5
- Manchester, Hooksett will resume schools conversation - 2
- River Valley Community College planning for new president's inauguration - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it - 0
- Body found under Manchester bridge identified as local woman - 0
- Chester deputy fire chief jailed for allegedly violating restraining order - 0
- Manchester police release photos of men they believe robbed mother, daughters at local Holiday Inn - 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 1
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 1
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
Manchester police release photos of men they believe robbed mother, daughters at local Holiday Inn
Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it