Archive for January, 2014

Playing an Active Role

Deliberative sessions are the times specifically set aside to discuss and potentially change warrant articles. Residents don’t vote on whether or not to approve the warrant article at deliberative session – they vote instead to send the article to the warrant, and on Election Day, they vote the warrant article up or down. At deliberative […]

Residents Ask School Board
to Make More Budget Cuts

While the Derry Cooperative School District is proposing a budget lower than both last year’s approved budget and its default budget, residents at the Jan. 21 public hearing implored them to cut even more, including the possibility of closing a school. The working budget for 2014-15 is $80,817,146.18, including Food Service and federal funds, which are […]

Dumpster Depot Decision
Heads to Superior Court

A frustrated advocate against the Dumpster Depot plans for Derry got answers at the Jan. 22 Town Council meeting, though they weren’t necessarily the ones she wanted. Brenda Wilson of Greenwich Road appeared before the Council in the public forum part of the meeting to ask for answers regarding the Dumpster rental firm and its […]

Griffin Morse to Succeed Mary
Anderson as Pinkerton Headmaster

Pinkerton Academy’s new Headmaster will be a man with New Hampshire roots and global influence. The Board of Trustees announced Thursday. Jan. 23, that Griffin Morse will assume the role of Headmaster upon Mary Anderson’s retirement this June.

Cast members in West Running Brook Middle School’s performance of “Annie Jr.” rehearsing for the musical’s opening night at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre.

Next Stop, Stockbridge

Cast members in West Running Brook Middle School’s performance of “Annie Jr.” were busy rehearsing last week for the musical’s opening night this coming Friday at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre. The play, directed by Blake Leister and Jennifer Ciarla, is an adaptation of the Broadway hit “Annie.” Photo by Chris Paul    

Majority of Hooksett Eighth Graders Choose Pinkerton

The students have spoken. This week, Charles Littlefield, superintendent of schools for School Administrative Unit (SAU) 15, which includes Hooksett, announced the number of Hooksett freshmen-to-be who have chosen Pinkerton Academy for 2014-15 – 106 of Hooksett’s 166 eighth-graders chose Pinkerton. In addition, Littlefield said, 32 chose Manchester, until this year Hooksett’s school of record. […]

Compromise Plan to Place No Smoking Signs at Town Recreation Areas

Where there’s smoke, there won’t be Derry children, thanks to a concerned mother and Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau. At the Jan. 22 Council meeting, Budreau reported on a piece of old business, when Nicole Bump, a Derry mother of young children, expressed concern about smoking at town parks and playgrounds. The Town Council had […]

Pinkerton’s Tuition Third Lowest

Pinkerton Academy’s tuition is almost $3,000 less than the state average, with only two schools charging less. Glenn Neagle, Financial Administrator for the semi-private school, discussed tuition rates Thursday, Jan. 23, with the Board of Trustees and superintendents and board members from the four sending districts, at the annual Winter Meeting. Using data obtained from […]