Jennifer Lague hadn’t cried so much since winning election to the Derry School Board 2 1/2 years ago. And she lost sleep, she told her fellow board members and a packed West Running Brook Middle School cafeteria.
The Derry School Board heard the voices of the community, in its Aug. 12 meeting, regarding its decision to shuffle several district programs in order to give all its children more room to learn. While Lague and others said they agonized over the decisions, community members questioned whether there was indeed a better way. But after community discussions and their own, the board determined to stay the course it had established in a rescheduled Friday, July 18 meeting.
The issue: moving the DEEP – Derry Early Education Program – preschool back to its original quarters in a section of Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, moving the Next Charter School out of Hood and into new quarters at West Running Brook Middle School, and relocating an eighth-grade pod to another part of West Running Brook.