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Nashua struggles with budget shortfall, postpones hearing

NASHUA - Unable to decide on how to close a $1.5 million budget gap, the Board of Education has postponed an April 3 public hearing on next year&#';s school budget to give members more time to consider additional cuts in spending.The board spent more than two hours Wednesday night carving $89,560 from the budget by cutting a curriculum specialist, a part-time guidance counselor and $1,500 in salary for the head of the physical education department. Board members showed tepid support for David Murotake&#';s proposal to raise athletic fees to cover 35 percent of the middle and high school athletic budgets and voted down his amended proposal to increase fees to raise $91,000, the cost of salaries for two middle school teachers.The board will meet April 2 and 3 to continue a discussion on Superintendent Mark Conrad&#';s recommendation to cut six teachers at the high schools, two at the middle schools as well as guidance and career counselors. The public hearing on the budget will be held April 9 at 7 p.m. at Nashua High North.


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