Nashua Board of Education proposes 2.8% rise in fiscal 2017 school budget

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Nashua Board of Education proposes 2.8% rise in fiscal 2017 school budget

The Board of Education’s recently proposed budget of $105,313,179 for the financial year of 2017 represents an increasing of 2.8 per cent over the current spending plan.

The proposed budget is roughly $94,000 more than the budget recommended by Superintendent Mark Conrad. It is also worth-mentioning here that Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess’ request for an increase of not more than 2 per cent.

The budget, which doesn’t include benefits and pension costs, also aims to allow recruitment of two dozen school employees. The benefits will likely add nearly $33 million to the bottom line.

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An increase of $1.3 million has been proposed for salaries. If approved, school employees’ salaries will account for nearly 80 per cent of the entire budget.

While the proposed budget represents a significant increase from last year’s budget, Nashua Teachers Union President Bob Sherman said it was not sufficient. Commenting on the proposed budget, Shermon said, “Even this proposed budget does not meet the educational needs of our students.”

Some items that would get lower amounts include computer supplies and heating & gas costs as the budget proposes $16,500 and $95,000 less for these products, respectively.

Nashua High School students Ben and Noah Telerski urged the Board of Education to send a message to the city mayor as well as the Board of Aldermen that students are worth the money, even if the budget exceeds the spending cap.

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