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Claremont superintendent floats draconian cuts after clash with school board

Union Leader Correspondent

December 10. 2017 11:15PM

CLAREMONT — The Claremont School Board discussed $1.2 million in proposed cuts at its meeting Wednesday.

Board members had sparred with SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin at the Nov. 15 meeting at which McGoodwin presented the proposed 2018-19 budget with a $1.7 million increase over the current year when the board had asked to see $1.2 million in cuts from the current year.

In a lengthy meeting Wednesday night McGoodwin presented board members with the budget side-by-side with the proposed spending of his originally proposed budget and board members went through each line item to ask questions about the cuts.

One of the proposed cuts was $1 million in the technology budget, including the replacement of technology five years or older, including projectors and computers.

“This is a removal of all technology funds,” director of technology Joshua Mulloy said to board members. “It’s basically a stripping of all tech equipment. This will make it pretty hard next year to support the students and the teachers in their classrooms.”

School Board Chairman Brian Rapp asked assistant to the superintendent Corey Leclair why funding for paying teachers to create curriculum — so that the curriculum stays with the school district even when the teachers leaves the district — was taken out if the program if it is so beneficial.

McGoodwin clarified the administration is not recommending any of these cuts.

“What we are listing here is not what we would want or recommend,” McGoodwin said. “It’s what we need to do to comply with your request. Please don’t look at this as our recommendation. So Brian, it’s not a good idea.”

The school board has set its sights on cutting current spending by $1.2 million in the next year so as to reduce the school portion of the property tax rate by an estimated $1.71 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The board will resume budget talks when it meets Dec. 20.

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