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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nashua residents, school employees concerned over possible position cuts in education budget

More than a dozen Nashua residents and district employees voiced concerns about potential staff cuts to the 2015 education budget at a Board of Education meeting Monday.

Most speakers supported maintaining a fourth assistant principal position at the high school level. Last week the Budget Committee considered eliminating the position in a list of possible cuts to the budget. The move would reduce the $160,000 budget gap by $80,000, but those at the meeting felt the savings wasn’t worth the consequences to the district. ...

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More than a dozen Nashua residents and district employees voiced concerns about potential staff cuts to the 2015 education budget at a Board of Education meeting Monday.

Most speakers supported maintaining a fourth assistant principal position at the high school level. Last week the Budget Committee considered eliminating the position in a list of possible cuts to the budget. The move would reduce the $160,000 budget gap by $80,000, but those at the meeting felt the savings wasn’t worth the consequences to the district.

“I have been assigned to the school resource officer at South for many years,” police officer Ben Stusse said. “SRO’s work hand in hand with every assistant principal on a daily basis to resolve safety concerns. … I’ve had a glimpse of how busy and demanding an assistant principal position is.”

South Principal Keith Richard said assistant principals are the ones who intervene in a crisis.

“The assistant principal has direct services to our students and staff that I can’t imagine replacing,” Richard said. “The relationships our assistant principals build to get our students through their daily lives would be gone.”

Kelly Peterson, administrative assistant to the assistant principal position in question, said the increased workload would be tough for the other assistant principals.

“The job of assistant principal is a full time job as it is,” Peterson said. “They have over 450 students on their case load. … That is an incredible number to put on the other positions.”

Peterson said each assistant principal takes charge of a corner of the high school.

“Having my corner of the building dark is a scary thought,” she said.

Nashua parents also asked that an additional fifth grade teaching position be allocated to Charlotte Avenue Elementary School to alleviate the growing classroom size.

Board Chairman George Farrington said the Budget Committee’s list of suggestions would next be reviewed by the Board of Aldermen on Thursday before coming back to the school board.

The board also approved Rose Francoeur for the interim principal at Dr. Crisp Elementary on Monday night. Francoeur, who starts July 1, will replace Jane Quigley, who retires June 30.

Members of the board approved participation in the Ongoing Assessment Project: Building and Sustaining Support for Formative Assessment and Learning Progressions in Mathematics training consortium shortly before Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing presented results of the latest district-wide NECAP scores to the board. The scores indicate mathematics is a significant area in need of improvement across the district. OGAP training provides professional development and ongoing learning for teachers.

The Fairgrounds Elementary School SIG Grant Proposal was approved as well. If the grant application goes through, the school will receive support for three years. The grant would help implement a social worker position as well as purchase necessary technology.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).