February 8, 2008
D'Allesandro decries absent voters
For the most part, the only noise coming out of the
Goffstown High School auditorium during the school
district deliberative session came during a musical
performance, as the meeting went by quickly without any
After the high school’s theater group sang the national
anthem and the opening scene from their upcoming
performance of “Beauty and the Beast,” school officials
did introductions before reading through the four
warrant articles that will be on this year’s ballot.
With no debate, Goffstown officials went through the
articles in about 15 minutes, with the entire meeting
over in less than an hour. No changes were made to any
of the articles, and they will go on the March 11 ballot
as originally written.
The first article announced positions open in the
upcoming election for three School Board members for
three years and one school district treasurer for one
A second article will ask voters to approve $816,000 to
begin the first phase of the upgrade and expansion of
Bartlett Elementary School, although there will be no
tax impact because the project will be paid for from the
Capital Reserve Fund and school impact fees.
The second phase of the Bartlett renovations make up
Article 3, although again there would be no tax impact
if it is approved. The $300,000 of phase two
construction on Bartlett Elementary would be paid for
out of the year-end undesignated fund balance.
Finally, the fourth warrant article is the operating
budget, set at a proposed $34,822,651, with a default
budget proposed at $34,566,080.
“We are looking to keep the increase minimal, while
ensuring that our children receive the proper
education,” said School Board Chairman Keith Allard.
Following the discussion of the four articles, Finance
Committee Chairman Lou D’Allesandro addressed those in
attendance. The crowd did not include more than a
handful of community members, as the 20 members of the
audience were mostly school administrators or Budget
“It’s discouraging that there aren’t more voters here,”
said D’Allesandro. “We just discussed $34 million, and
that’s not chump change. There should be more people to
see those they voted onto the board. We have to get the
public civicly engaged. It’s your money being spent, and
your children in the school.”
Reproduced by the Goffstown