The Derry School Board has approved a working budget about which both members and the public expressed reservations.
The board presented its budget in a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the West Running Brook Middle School cafeteria. The room was filled with a crowd of parents, town and state-level officials, and teachers.
Business Administrator Jane Simard reviewed the process for coming up with a budget, including meeting with department heads and principals last August. The School Board and Fiscal Advisory Committee then met throughout the fall to hammer out a budget. Simard said the budget was planned to meet the district’s three goals: grades Kindergarten-Grade 12 learning at a high level, providing a safe and positive school environment, and increasing community involvement.