Now the Work Begins!


Sandown voters sent a message last night that the school board and SAU need to hear.  Voters decisively defeated all but two articles on the school board ballot. All articles relating to spending failed. The petition to rescind the stand-alone SAU budget also failed in Sandown. Yes!

The district as a whole also sent a message.  Four articles dealing with money were defeated. The district operating budget will be a default budget.  The SAU will also be operating on a default budget. No money will be put into capital reserve and the costly Sandown kitchen renovation will not happen. All this is necessary to control our tax increase next year which will be considerable even with these savings. I am disappointed, though, that the petition to rescind a stand-alone SAU budget passed in the district.  It is odd that district voters took advantage of defeating the SAU budget, (which wouldn’t have been possible had the budget not been removed from the district budget), but then voted to take that option away from themselves in subsequent years.

Election results by town

Sandown voters also elected me by a healthy margin to school board. While being on the school board is more like a jail term than a walk in our scenic town forest, there is a lot of work to be done and the voters of Sandown have entrusted me to do it. Plenty of good people get onto school board with enthusiasm and a desire to change things, then something happens.  Perhaps they get intimidated by the task before them.  Maybe they get overwhelmed or fear looking stupid or being at odds with their fellows.  Many become silent when they should speak up. I sincerely hope that won’t happen to me. I’m not in elective office for my own comfort but to advance the interests of the taxpayers and parents of Sandown.  Don’t let me forget that.

To Joe Morris, the gracious incumbent who stepped up to fill Roger Barczak’s seat, I say thank you for your service. You didn’t have a chance to do more than get your feet wet, but I hope we can work together in the future.  I also hope Joe McKinnon will stay interested in board decisions as we need more people like him who speak up when policies need to be fixed.

Now I’ve got a lot of school board policies to read and a lot more blogging to do.

Thanks again, Sandown, for your strong support on school issues. If Arthur Green is appointed to my vacant seat on the school budget committee, we’ll be able to work both sides of the budget next year.  With Cathy Gorman on budget committee, too, we’ll have a mighty strong voice.

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Filed under 2014 TRSD Warrant ARticles, Budget 2014-2015, Sandown Issues

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