school staff by 14
School board cuts
MERRIMACK - In
addition to the nine staff positions Superintendent
Marge Chiafery suggested cutting in the budget she
proposed to the school board, five additional full-time
and part-time positions have been eliminated.
Chiafery proposed cutting one second grade and one
fourth grade teacher from James Mastricola Elementary
School, one Spanish teacher from Merrimack Middle School
and one english teacher, once science teacher and one
physical education teacher from Merrimack High School.
the board requested further cuts, Chiafery proposed
cutting an administrative assistant from the middle
school and a night custodian, a math teacher and a
school counselor from the high school.
part of this plan is the proposal to cut one of the four
team units in the seventh grade, which would eliminate
one teacher in English, math, science and social studies
and bring the student/teacher ratio up to 27 to 1,
the board's request, Chiafery also suggested some
additional cuts to her original $68.4 million budget
of her suggestions was to put off asbestos abatement at
Thorntons Ferry Elementary School and carpet replacement
at Mastricola Elementary School library.
board voted 3 to 2 in favor of including the additional
staffing cuts in its budget proposal and pushing off the
asbestos and carpet replacements for another year, which
provided $627,441 in total reductions.