Budget Committee, Selectmen
Are Far Apart on Numbers

CHESTER – After a meeting between the two groups on Thursday, March 27, it looks like the budget committee and the selectmen will be going to Town Meeting with two different budgets for voter review. The two groups could not agree on the numbers last Thursday, and by the end of the night their budgets were about $140,000 apart.

The budget committee has the lesser number, with a bottom line coming in at $3,548,416 before debt, about a 2 percent increase over current year spending.

The selectmen made little argument over the budget committee’s numbers, as chair Rhonda Lamphere went through each budget in turn and explained where changes had been made from the number presented by the selectmen earlier in the year.

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Timberlane Restricts Board
Members’ Right to Speak to Press

SANDOWN – At the first meeting of the new Timberlane Regional School District school board, members voted to restrict all communication with the press to the chair. That led to a letter from the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union arguing that the action violates free speech.

The Timberlane District encompasses Sandown, Danville, Plaistow and Atkinson.

The board remains mostly unchanged after the March elections, the only new member being Sandown’s Donna Green. In recent months Green has drawn the ire of former school board chair Rob Collins of Danville, superintendent Earl Metzler and members of the Timberlane budget committee, when as a member of the budget committee, she regularly spoke out. 

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Search Begins for Hampstead
Middle School Principal

HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead/Timberlane Superintendent Earl Metzler provided the Hampstead School Board with a timetable for the search for a Hampstead Middle School principal, with the target of having that candidate on board before June. Earlier this year, HMS Principal Patti Grassbaugh announced she will retire at the end of the school year.

Metzler asked if the board members wanted to include a site visit for candidates. The board decided not to eliminate the site visit from the proposed calendar but was not sold on the need for it.

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