Rumors Swirl Over Coyle’s Interest
in Town Administrator Post

There is no doubting the interest of former Town Councilor Kevin Coyle in the vacant Derry Town Administrator job. The doubt comes from who may or may not be helping him to get there.

Former Town Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks said, “it is no secret that Kevin is interested,” while Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said, “I have heard the rumor too.”

Coyle has mentioned his interest in the job to fellow residents and on the Derry cable television program he hosts with Fairbanks’ wife, Janet, also a former Councilor.

How far will Councilors go to get him in? Read more »

Town Council to Take on
Search for New Administrator

The Derry Town Council will take a DIY approach, at least temporarily, in its search for a new Town Administrator.

In its March 18 meeting, the Council discussed the process by which it will recruit and choose an administrator. Human Resources Director Larry Budreau has been Acting Town Administrator since July, when John Anderson was placed on administrative leave.

New chairman Mark Osborne initiated the discussion. “We owe it to ourselves to decide, do we want to hire a search firm or do it within this body? We need to start this conversation – it is long overdue,” he told the board and audience. Read more »

Cheese Sandwich and Fruit
School Lunch Begins April 1

The Derry School District will effect a change in its school lunch policy in order for the district Food Service to run closer to the black, while still allowing young tummies to be filled.

Business Administrator Jane Simard explained that the policy was approved by the School Board two weeks ago and will go into effect Tuesday, April 1.

Simard said the new rules were created to deal with a growing number of unpaid balances in school lunches for the Kindergarten – Grade 8 schools. The balance as of March 20 was $11,000, Simard said, and while many parents have been contacted and sent checks, some families’ balances continue to grow. Read more »