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Litcheld’s School District will suffer a two
million dollar loss in state transition aid and the
budget that they are currently crafting must deal
with that loss. The choice is to cut and keep
the tax rate nearly the same or ignore the loss of
revenue and just raise taxes. Superintendent Dr.
Elaine Cutler and the Board have chosen to work
on cuts and to keep the tax rate nearly the same.
When Londonderry appealed to other school
districts to join their lawsuit against the state,
Litcheld did so, but the outcome of that
successful lawsuit has had major negative
impacts on the taxpayers of Litcheld. Then
Superintendent, Kathy Hamblett, and the Board
decided to join the suit, but after the judges
ruled, state aid would be allocated on a per pupil
basis. As a small school district, Litcheld and
other small school districts suddenly realized
that their state aid would decrease signicantly.
The legislature provided two years of transition
aid to help bridge that loss, but the reality is that
nothing can bridge such a signicant loss. At
best, it just delayed the negative consequences—
consequences that Superintendent Dr. Elaine
Cutler and the current Board must deal with
Litcheld’s School Board and budget
committees met in joint session to review the
preliminary rounds of brainstorming cuts. That
process began with a document prepared by
Cutler. She had provided both cuts and revenue
increases and repeatedly said that the document
was a work in process, designed to start the
thought process and urged all not to think this
was “cut in stone” as she expected to have many
people, including the community, have input into
Litcheld School Board will hold a number
of public input sessions on the potential cuts
and increases in revenue in order to hear from
community members before making their nal
School Board Chairman Dennis Miller
explained that they were searching for the least
impactful cuts and noted that School Board
members had also added their thoughts to the
Several members of the budget committee
asked for details of the “pay to play” idea. These
proposals ranged from a fee per sport with a
family maximum to the idea (from John York)
that every child would pay an activity fee. There
was discussion on all aspects of these proposals,
including how to cover children where families
could not afford the fee and Cutler again
cautioned all that these were not written in stone,
but were brainstorming ideas about how to deal
with the loss of transition aid.
One relatively easy proposal to save
$37,335.60 was to cut one bus. According to
Cutler this would extend ride times between ve
and ten minutes. Another idea was to bus the
middle school students and high school students
at the same time and if done, the GMS bell would
have to change slightly.
Other cuts looked at cutting staff. Budget
Committee member Bill Spencer pointed out
that enrollments had been decreasing at both
the high school and elementary school and that
some personnel cuts could and should be done to
adjust for the decreasing enrollments. Everyone
agreed that both fth and sixth grades are the
largest classes and that it would not be in good
academic interest to cut staff supporting these two
Miller explained that cutting the computer
course at the middle school might make sense.
When the district started this, students could
take the course and meet one of the high school
graduation requirements, but regulations had
changed and now all students have to take a
computer course at the high school level. Cutler
said that if done, the computers could be given
to classroom teachers and that would improve
student access to computers during class time.
With the decrease in student enrollment
at GMS, Cutler felt that the grade 3 portable
classroom could be removed saving a net
$16,300 after all removal expenses were paid.
She was also looking at cutting the extra days for
librarians, guidance counselors and nurses. This
would leave a full complement on staff during the
periods when students were in the building.
Proposals to put all pay increases, including
those for the non-bargaining staff, onto the
warrant each year. Several budget committee
members talked about other towns doing
this. Then voters could vote on the raises on a
yearly basis or decline to pay the raises. Union
contracts are currently passed on individual
Miller proposed cutting the Venture program
which currently has a budget of more than
$16,000 per year. The club sponsor is retiring.
Board and superintendent said that they could
continue if they found a sponsor and if students
were willing to self-fund the program.
The Board is looking at the costs of summer
school. While this program would continue,
there seemed to be agreement that it would solely
supported by students. Currently this program is
only offered to students who have failed to pass a
course and Cutler said that students were already
covering most if not all costs.
School Board member Cindy Couture and
Dennis Miller looked to eliminate any one-time
expenses that are in the current budget. Couture
also suggested using parent volunteers in the
GMS and LMS lunchrooms rather than paid
lunchroom monitors. She suggested eliminating
payment of volunteer nger-printing, which the
district requires if a parent is to participate in
an over-night trip and asking the parents to bear
this cost. She proposed cutting all School Board
salaries as well as the late bus routes as ways to
cut without impacting academics.
Newly elected School Board member Mary
Prindle said that it was difcult to make cuts since
this was her rst budget year, but she agreed
with Miller that the computer course at the
middle school could be cut, suggested making
the Venture program a student paid program and
proposed to cut tutors at all schools.
School Board member Jason Guerrette liked
the plan provided by the superintendent, but
contributed that the state only requires 20 credits
to graduate and perhaps the Board should go with
the state standards.
John York took the biggest look outside of
the box. He not only suggested an activity fee,
but he also suggested that students begin being
responsible for providing some of their own
school supplies, which he noted is done in the
majority of states. He suggested asking teachers
to freeze their wages for one year and looking at
cutting each budget line item by 1 to 3 percent.
He asked Cutler to review telecommunication
costs and see if those could be lowered and to
look carefully at everyone who has a district paid
Cutler also said that the Board would have to look at charging groups for using the schools in order to cover the costs currently borne by the district for cleanup and maintenance.
The budget committee members discussed
whether it would be feasible to put some items
into individual warrant articles and allow the
voters to vote on more individual items. This led
to a discussion of the “no mean no law” and the
impact if a warrant article is voted down.
Spencer asked when they would know what
aid they would receive and Cutler reviewed the
process which is for schools to report students
enrolled in October and then the department to
There was also a discussion about the upgrade
of lighting at the schools and the reason that there
was going to be no impact on utility costs. While
fewer kilowatt hours will be used, the savings
will offset the costs of the upgrades. Miller said
that sensors will turn off lights at CHS when the
upgrades are completed.
At the end of the discussion Cutler thanked the
budget committee, reminded them that public
hearings would be held on cuts before the budget
was nalized and that items cut might be different
than what they reviewed this evening based
on continued input. “We want to put the best
program together and that will take assistance
from many people who may have even better
ideas than what you’ve seen this evening.”
It started as a community effort and ended with a
beautiful new playground that drew rave reviews from the
expert “Playgound Testers.” Matthew Dexter, 7, and his
friend and co-playground tester, Cameron Feely, also 7,
declared that the new playground was “way, way better”
than the old playground.
The GMS Playground Committee, chaired by Kathleen
Follis, began work in the spring. Through successful
fundraising, they were well on their way to replacing the
old, unusable playground equipment when the School
Board voted to use surplus funds to complete the purchase
of the new playground.
Finally, the equipment began to arrive and GMS
Principal Bo Schlichter stored it in the gym. Last Thursday,
the vendor arrived to begin the installation.
“We were so lucky to have Rick Lascelles come over
with his tractor,” said Follis. “He cleared off the ground
so that we had a place to work. We never would have
completed the installation in one day if Rich hadn’t been
here with his tractor. In fact, the vendor was amazed that
we got it all installed in one day.”
While the vendor dug holes for the supporting beams,
the equipment was brought out from the gym and
volunteers began assembling it. “We had such a wonderful
group of volunteers,” said Follis. “They had enthusiasm,
were willing to jump in and get really dirty, and they made
Holes were dug, concrete mixed and poured, and lots
of levels were used to ensure that everything that was
supposed to be straight really was. Finally, at the end of
a long day, the playground equipment was assembled.
Martha Dexter, Kathleen Follis, Rebecca Feely, Guy
Tremblay, Rich and Maureen Lascelles, Derek Barka,
Laura Gandia, Dean Powers, Amy Rossi, Laura Alley, Steve
Oswald, Robert Ladd, Jack Schiener, Heather Buxton, Bo
Schlichter, Kathy Dyer, Joe Rabral, Roger Giglio, and John
Follis were the crew who assembled and installed the
The concrete cured for two days and then on Saturday,
the volunteers returned to spread the mulch. By 10 a.m.
on Saturday morning, the playground was ready to use by
the expert “playground testers.” The kids trying out the new
playground tried everything—the climbing wall, the slide,
the monkey bars, and all the balance activities.
According to Chairman Follis, the next step is to think
about expanding this playground. “It is built so that
modules can be added onto it. We’ll have to work on that
In a letter to IAFF Local 3154, Hudson
selectmen have notied the Hudson
reghters that they are terminating the
recently approved 24-hour shift rotation
trial. The letter dated August 18 was
signed by Selectmen Chairman Ken
Massey and sent to Union President
Weeks advised that the rank and le
have requested a meeting at the August
24 scheduled selectmen’s meeting and
requested this employment situation be
heard in public. Residents who have
interest in this matter should plan to
The selectmen’s actions seemed to
have resulted from an August 4 letter
from Fire Chief Shawn Murray to the
union relating to earned time accrual
problems for re dispatchers. When
contacted, Weeks stated that the
reghters have adjusted to the 24-
hour shifts instituted on July 1 in a very
positive manner, and that the 24-hour
shifts are a benet to the taxpayers and
A Banzai Bandits Carwash will be held on
Saturday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Alvirne High School. Sponsored by the
Hudson Bears Football Team and the Banzai
Bandits, all benets will support the Zach
Tompkins Memorial Field.
Blind is looking for local volunteers to open
their hearts and homes to a future guide dog
puppy. All training, support, and veterinary
expenses are provided free of charge.
For those interested in this incredible
opportunity, the next series of Pre-Placement
Puppy Classes begins on Sunday, August 22,
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will
be held Sunday afternoons in Nashua on
August 22, September 12 and 26, October
3 and 17, and November 7 and 21. It is
important to reserve your place in class by
lling in an online application found on our
Website at www.guidingeyes.org.
The High Hopes Foundation will hold their
eighth annual Poker Run (rain or shine) at the
VFW, 15 Bockes Road, Hudson. Registration
is at 9 a.m. There is a registration fee. The
event will feature music, rafes, and 50/50
prizes. For more information, or if you
would like to donate an item for our rafe,
contact the High Hopes ofce at 429-1010
or visit www.highhopesfoundation.org.
1-3:30 p.m. at Fairview Dinning Room, 203
Lowell Road, Hudson, to include used books
and art created and donated by residents,
staff, and the community for sale, as well as
a bake sale. If you would like to donate used
books, art, or baked goods, contact Carolyn
Abbott at 882-5261. All proceeds will
open to the public, and will feature food, a
bounce house, hay ride, treasure hunt, catch-
and-release shing at our private stocked
pond, 50/50, Rafe, and more. Visit www.
hudsonshandgame.com to see additional
event information and to sign up for this
fun time. (Lobster dinner ticket must be
purchased in advance by August 25 in order
to ensure proper ordering).
Hills House in Hudson. The Hills House is
located on Route 102, diagonal to Alvirne
High School. Visitors may tour the house
and will hear about the activities through
participation in our local organizations,
including the Hudson Lions Club, which
was established in 1947 to assist those in
need. The Hudson Lions Club gives annual
scholarships to high school seniors who
seek education on the college level. They
contribute to the Food Pantry, the Anne Marie
House, prepare food baskets at Thanksgiving
and Christmas, collect and recycle
eyeglasses, provide eye screenings and
hearing aids for those who need assistance,
and are involved in many community
events. Leona Shanholtz of the Hudson
Lions Club and the Historical Society is the
chairperson for the “Coffee Break.” For more
information, visit the Lions Website at
The Hudson Checklist Supervisors will hold
a session from 7-7:30 p.m. at the Town
Hall, 12 School Street, Hudson. Residents
wishing to register to vote should bring a
photo ID, and if not born in the U.S., they
need to bring naturalization papers proving
citizenship. This will be the last opportunity
to register to vote in the September 14
Primary Election. Residents are reminded
that they may register at the Town Clerk’s
ofce during normal business hours.
H.O. Smith Field from 1-3 p.m. Children
ages 6-11 are invited with a parent/guardian
to come and sign up for Cub Scouts and have
some fun! There will be a bounce house,
water rockets, BBs and archery, parachute
games, and other fun activities. Rain local
will be the Community Center on Lions Ave.
for their 40th class reunion. If you or
someone you know graduated in 1970,
please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road,
Hudson, will be collecting school supplies,
which the Nashua Soup Kitchen and shelter
will distribute to area students. All kinds of
supplies are needed, including paper, folders,
notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers,
rulers, glue, calculators, index cards,
book covers, and more. New backpacks
for students in grades K-12 are especially
needed. Go to www.nsks.org for a full list of
supplies needed. You can put a donation in
the collection box at the library or the soup
kitchen, or they will also be collecting items
at Ledge Street School in Nashua on
August 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and adults. Paper Techniques meets the rst
Thursday of each month at 2:30-4 and 7-8:30
p.m. at the Rodgers Memorial Library,
194 Derry Road, Hudson. Please pre-register
by calling 886-6030.
1:30-3:30 p.m. at Talent Hall at Darrah Park.
The meeting will start with a discussion of
meeting dates, program suggestions, playing
Bingo, and light refreshments. Questions
may be directed to Pat Jewett at 424-6636 or
Betty Darling at 429-1315.
Road, Hudson, at 5:30 p.m. Come and
enjoy some networking, great food catered
by Bull Run, refreshments, bingo, and,
at the same time, learn more about the
great contributions the Kiwanis of Hudson
organization does locally. There is no cost to
attend. RSVP is requested by calling
The First Baptist Church of Hudson will be
hosting a ree amily carnival in the church
parking lot at 236 Central St., Hudson, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for free food, crafts,
music, games, a puppet show, face painting,
a bounce obstacle course, and more! If it
rains, we will simply move the fun indoors.
Come see what our church is all about as we
kick off this year’s Sunday School program. If
you have any questions, please contact our
church ofce at 882-6116 between the hours
of 9 a.m. and noon. Hope to see you there!
will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the C. J.
Steckevicz gymnasium, and should conclude
around 9 p.m. Parents are asked to pick up a
copy of their child’s schedule at 6:15 p.m. in
the cafeteria and proceed to the gymnasium.
If there are any questions, contact the
Guidance ofce at 886-1260, ext. 2506.
benet Alvirne High School JV and Varsity
Girls’ Soccer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
AHS parking lot. New soccer balls will also
be collected for Moore Mart (U.S. soldiers).
your birthday is before October 1, 2006,
please join us! This year, a new program is
being implemented called the Cougar Cubs.
This program is for kids that are a year too
young for our instructional recreation league
(birth dates from 10/01/06 to 9/30/07). The
Cubs will meet each Saturday at 9 a.m. at
Grifn Memorial School for one hour, from
September 11 through October 23 (skipping
Columbus Day weekend) for a total of six
sessions. For older children, the season
begins September 11. There is a cost to
register. For further information, visit our
Website at www.litcheldyouthsoccer.com.
for players that will be participating in the
Rookie, Minor, or Major Divisions in Spring
2011. Register during the month of August.
Practices and games start in September.
Fall ball is a great introduction to the next
size eld for the younger player, as well as
an opportunity to maintain baseball skills.
Register at www.sportssignup.com/Litcheld-
As a fundraiser for the Zach Tompkins
Memorial Fund, the Zach Team will be
holding a Zach Attach 5K Fun Run/Walk
at Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road,
Hudson, at 7 p.m. on August 27. Whether
you’re a runner or a walker, this event will
be fun for the whole family. On March 8,
our community suffered the loss of a very
special classmate and friend, Zachary M.
Tompkins. Zach had a dream of building a
football stadium, and every time someone
participates in a fundraiser for Zach,
we come closer to building a legacy in
his memory that will last a lifetime! To
register or for more information, visit
host Fall Ball or grades 3 and 4. Practices,
games, and clinics will be held Sundays
from 3-5 p.m. at Kiwanis Field. Emphasis
will be on introducing players to full fast-
pitch rules, to help prepare players for the
Junior league, and to improve the skills of
returning Minors. There will be a small fee
to participate. Contact Greg Chase or Tom
Curran at email@example.com for
Campbell High Booster Club, Campbell High, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., rst Thursday.
Fire Department meeting, Station House, 7:00 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
Friends o Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, Library, 7:00 p.m., third Monday. (except
Hudson/Litchfeld Rotary, Hudson SAU Building,7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Library Trustees, Library, 7:00 pm., second Monday.
Litchfeld Area Garden Club, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday, email
Planning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., rst Tuesday.
Recreation Commission, Talent Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday.
Zoning Board, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
60 and Over Coee Club, Rec. Center, 9 – 11 a.m., every Tuesday.
Alvirne Booster Club, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., rst Wednesday.
Alvirne Touchdown Club, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., rst Monday.
American Legion Post 48 & Auxiliary, Legion hall, 7 p.m., rst Monday.
Awana Club, New Life Christian Church, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday. (from Sept.
Friends o Hudson Natural Resources, Town Hall, 7 p.m., second Monday.
GFWC Hudson Community Club, Checkers Restaurant, 7 p.m., rst Wednesday.
GFWC Hudson Junior Club, George H. & Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library,
Hudson Area Moms Club, 10 a.m., Last Wednesday (except December)
Hudson Boy Scout Troop 21, Wattannick Grange Hall, Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Hudson Cub Scout Pack 21 & 791, Hills Garrison Cafeteria, third Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Hudson Democrats, Rodgers Memorial Library, last Thursday, 7 p.m.
Historical Society, Alvirne Hills House, 7 p.m., fourth Wedneday.
Hudson Lions Club, Valentino’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., second and last Monday.
Hudson Senior Council on Aging activities, Community Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Knights o Columbus, St. Kathryn Parish Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst Wednesday. Library Trustees, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Wednesday. Lions Club o Hudson Bingo, Kiwanis Hall, 4 p.m., second Saturday.
Open Space Subcommittee, Town Hall, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday.
Planning Board, Town Hall, 7 p.m., rst, second, and fourth Wednesday.
Recreation Committee, Rec. Center, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday.
School Board, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., rst and third Monday.
Sewer Utility Committee, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:30 p.m., second Thursday.
Sons o the American Legion, Legion Hall, 8 p.m., rst Monday.
TOPS (Take o Pounds Sensibly), First Baptist Church, Tuesdays, 3:45-4:15 p.m. for
Trustees o the Trust Fund, Town hall, 3:00 p.m. fourth Thursday.
VFW & Auxiliary, VFW Post, 7 p.m., second Monday
VFW Men’s Auxiliary, VFW Post, 7 p.m., rst Monday
Water Utility Committee, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:00 p.m., third Wednesday
Wattannick Grange, Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., rst and third Monday (889-5575)
Zoning Board, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursday
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