To the Editor:
It was a sense
of well-being and comfort when I read the
current edition (Dec. 22) of the Goffstown News
and one of the lead stories, "$2.17M cut
from school budget."
Budget Committee member Guy Caron for his action
in proposing the cut and a big thank you to the
Budget Committee for voting for the reduced
budget, and wonder of wonders, no teacher
positions were cut.
I think the
people of Goffstown should read and listen to
what Mr. Caron said, "The winners are the
students. They get to keep all the
teachers, all the paraprofessionals as well as
the newly proposed positions." The
budget was cut and we did not have armageddon.
I must admit I am not surprised at the comments
made by the chairmen of the School Board and
selectmen on the cuts.
The budget has
been reduced and we are still able to provide a
good education to our students and not bankrupt
the citizens of Goffstown in the process.
It is time for the school committee to remember
who they work for - they work for us, the
taxpayers of Goffstown - and they have been
given a budget to live with. It will not
be easy, I know this all too well, but the most
important thing to keep in mind is this.
No direct delivery of educational services was
affected in this reduction.
With all due
respect to Mr. Skinner's comments in his letter
in the Dec. 22 paper, "Let's get together
to inform the committee of elected officials
that the goal of lowering taxes isn't as
important as the quality of
services/education." It seems to me
the goal of reducing taxes and keeping the
quality of 'services/education' has been met by
the Budget Committee.
I encourage the
people of Goffstown to attend the meeting in
January and support the Budget Committee budget.