Chris Kellan, director of Student Services for the Derry Cooperative School District, has a new metaphor for funding his department. “It’s more of a snow globe,” he said, “than a crystal ball.” It’s also more of a moving target as Kellan and his team adjust for children moving into town, sometimes between budget cycles. Children
The Derry Cooperative School District is looking at a working budget of $43,319,541.85 for 2016-17, an increase of $2,466,221.53 over last year’s approved budget. Business Manager Jane Simard gave an overview of the budget at the Nov. 10 School Board meeting.
The Derry School Board will seek public input before committing to full-day kindergarten for all students, and if it pursues full-day kindergarten, will introduce it as a warrant article rather than as part of the budget. At its Nov. 10 meeting, the board heard a presentation from Laura Nelson, superintendent of schools for Derry’s School