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Northwood NH News

January 2, 2013

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Letter To The Editor


I wanted to respond to Tom Chase’s letter regarding school budgets, property taxes and special education costs. Special educations costs are not fixed costs. Rather, school boards do have control over them and as such are considered variable costs. 


A case in point is when the Rochester School Board contracted with a consulting firm having expertise in cost-benefit analyses of special education programs. Their recommendations were estimated to save the Rochester school district $2 million annually. They have already implemented many of them at substantial savings to property taxpayers. 


Northwood Budget Committee members were given a 9-page report entitled, “A Win-Win Approach to Reducing Special Education Costs” published by another consulting firm (District Management Council) located in Boston who also specializes in increasing the cost effectiveness of special education programs. Thus, although special education costs are mandated, there are “best practices” available to school districts so they can be operated much more efficiently.


The Budget Committee was also given a report produced by the State Department of Revenue Administration, which showed Northwood property taxpayers had the 6th highest “full-value” property tax rate of the 37 municipalities in Rockingham County for 2011 (30% higher than Nottingham). This, while being one of the poorest communities in the County.  


For the school year 2011-2012 (ending 6-30-12) the Northwood school district had total expenditures of $11,750,305. They returned $286,280 to reduce taxes and retired two years of prior deficits of over $200,000. This included paying approximately $270,000 for the special education costs of a student whose legal residency was Londonderry.


Northwood doesn’t need higher taxes. We need more school board members who know where to go to get the expertise they need to bring “best value” to our school system. Throwing money at our schools is not the answer. Our families can’t afford it.



Jim Hadley




SAU #53 Child Screening


Do you have concerns about your child’s overall development? SAU #53, the School Districts of Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, and Epsom, has scheduled a child screening on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Deerfield Community School, 66 North Road, Deerfield, NH. The snow date is January 30, 2013.


A child screening is a free screening of your child’s abilities in speech, vision, hearing, motor, and learning skills. The screening is administered by an Occupational and Speech Therapist and Special Educator.


To be eligible for the free screening:

• The child must live within SAU #53

• A parent/guardian must accompany the child

• The child must be under 6 years of age

• Please call for an appointment


For an appointment, please contact Sharon Lewis, Special Education Secretary, Deerfield Community School at (603) 463-7422 ext. 108.


Parents with concerns about children 6 years old and over should contact Deb Trottier, Special Education Coordinator, Deerfield Community School, at (603) 463-7422.




Gordon Moore, Jr.


Gordon Moore Jr., 81, of Jenness Pond died December 21st at the CRVNA Hospice House following a brief illness. A lifelong NH resident, he is survived by his wife, Patricia (McDonough) Moore, six children Michael Moore  of Northwood, Kim Abouabdo of Houston, TX; David Moore of Concord, Colleen Schwarz of Concord, Matt Moore of Navarre, FL. and Kathleen Cruz of Murphy, TX; 11 grandchildren, a great granddaughter, who called him “Papa”; and a sister Mary Foote of Wolfeboro. He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon Moore Sr. and Nan Bean Moore, and many area relatives including the honorable Grover C. Bean of Concord. 


He grew up on the south end of Manchester and was a graduate of Manchester Central High School where he played the trumpet in the school band. He was a former building inspector for the town of Hooksett and during much of the 60s and 70s he was a general manager for both Barry Aluminum Products and Mailways of New England in Manchester. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering from New England College in 1953, he worked as an engineer and surveyor for Manchester Sand and Gravel, where he helped build much of the early interstate highway system in northern New England. 


He is a former Hooksett Citizen of the year and helped to start the town’s youth athletic association and build it’s athletic field complex. He is a former baseball, basketball and Pop Warner Football  coach and Planning Board member in Hooksett. He was a Boy Scout leader and over the years has held many positions. He also served the School Board both in Hooksett and Trinity High School in Manchester. Most recently he was President of the Jenness Pond Shore Owners Association. He was chairman of the Pastoral Council at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield. He moved from Hooksett to Northwood in 1995 following his retirement as Base Facilities Engineer at the New Boston Satellite Tracking Station. 


He spent a lifetime loving his family, serving his community, and living true to his belief that doing the right things for the right reasons makes a difference in the world. He was a gentle man, greatly loved, and he will be missed. 


Donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 or to National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC), Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Rd. Rm 419, Cleveland, OH 44106. 


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