By Paul Punturieri. "A local blog with news, events and things that matter to all citizens of Moultonboro"
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Great presentation by Dr. Joyce on New Hampshire and Moultonborough's changing demographics. Worth the watch.
Kudos to the Superintendent and School Board for looking ahead and being proactive. Select Board members and other department heads need to start thinking outside the box. Different times call for different measures or it will be the way of the Dinosaur for Moultonboro.
Amazing to hear some believe Moultonboro's declining school population is because young families can't find affordable housing when the real issue are JOBS. As was pointed out last night by one resident taxes in Moultonborough are extremely reasonable. Taxe rates in other towns are 2 and 3 times higher. Why do you think so many on fixed incomes choose Moultonborough over other communities aside from it's rural, yes RURAL beauty it's a reasonable tax rate.
The information presented by Dr. Joyce is nothing new. A committee organized years ago by Mike Lancor presented the same information at zero cost to the taxpayers. How much are we paying for the same information from these experts? All the information they presented is free for the taking to anyone willing to look for it. Their future predictions are nothing more than educated guesses based on current trends. For what we pay our school administrators, they could have done this on their own. Unless of course, they are looking to blame their already predetermined actions on the results of Dr. Joyce's work. The school board needs to take charge of the district and stop letting our administrators decimate what was once an outstanding district. The only people in favor of the recent cuts are those who do not have children in the system. Our schools are the only thing keeping this town from being a dried up retirement community. Unfortunately, the vocal minority would be completely fine with that prospect.
Anonymous @ 10:04 reality check.....it's not the "schools that are keeping this town from being a dried up retirement community." It's the lake and the waterfront residents.I believe it was the School Board not the administrators that gave the approval for the Strategic School Plan. Sounds like you have "issues." If you have grievances attend the School Board meetings and air them there.
To Anonymous@ 10:04; The "dried up retirees" are the ones largely responsible for paying the town's bills. I think you are misguided when you say that these taxpayers are unwilling to spend tax dollars on the schools. Most are more than willing to pay for what is necessary for an excellent school system. That does not include classes with only a handful of students. When the demographics show fewer students in the school system, spending cuts become necessary. It's a matter of simple math. The cost per student in Moultonborough exceeds $20,000....so we are not skimping on spending. Throwing more money at the school system is not the answer. Get yourself to some school board meetings, and see how many of the dried up retires show an interest. That is a better solution than griping from the sidelines.
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