Northwood NH News

August 16, 2017


Letter To The Editor
Budget Business


The Budget Committee met last week to review the Town’s mid-year budget and the School District’s end-of-year budget.


Noteworthy for the Town is that the fire truck purchase saga is coming to end. Some will recall that in 2015, we voted to spend $270K for a mini-pumper – in five $57K installments. The chassis was purchased and Valley Truck was contracted with to install the equipment. But delivery was delayed and delayed – and then Valley went out of business.


Fortunately, a company in Connecticut, Liberty Truck, has been hired to finish what Valley started, and promised delivery on Dec. 1 – and at a savings is $60K. I suggested that we have a parade!


Noteworthy for the School was that they came in $189K under budget. That’s only 1.6% of a $11.8 million budget, but better in the black than in the red.


Of special importance in those numbers was the 15th and final $297K payment of the bond for the school addition – new gym, classrooms and library. Those of us on the Budget Committee who were around at the time (2001) recalled the struggle to convince some of the voters to tear down the moldy modulars and build the addition.


Sadly, the school population has not grown to fill this space: elementary enrollment has fallen from 470 in 2005 to 374 in 2016. This is the trend across the state: the “graying” of NH and the shrinking of the school-age population.


And this shrinking population makes the cost per student go up, even as the actual school budget has remained relatively constant.
My hope is that the offering of full-day kindergarten – and other improvements in the works - will attract families with young children to Northwood, as Coe-Brown does for those with teens.


Time will tell.


More legislation suggestions to come.


Tom Chase
Northwood Budget Committee member



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
 1937’s “A Star Is Born”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August 18 & 19)  for an encore presentation  of  our “LRPA After Dark” feature, 1937’s timeless melodrama  “A Star is Born,” starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March.


“A Star is Born” is the definitive movie about Hollywood fame, fortune, and its human toll: the juxtaposition of the talented, young actress’s rising career with the downward spiral of her husband, an aging, self-destructive, alcoholic matinee idol. This movie is so fantastic that it’s been remade twice, once in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason, and again, infamously, in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. It’s even in the works again, this time with Bradley Cooper in the starring role! For many fans and critics, however, the original 1937 version is still the best. Filmed in wonderful early Technicolor and directed by William Wellman, it was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story, and garnering a special award for the film’s outstanding color photography. Critic Leonard Matlin wrote, “Two remakes haven’t dimmed the glow of this drama … March and Gaynor are at their best.” Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this vintage classic!



Letter To The Editor


The Northwood School Strategic Planning Team would like to thank the parents, community members, and staff who responded to the strategic planning survey.


Over the next couple months the Strategic Planning Team will be using the feedback from this survey to develop a long-term vision, identify issues that the district will face in working towards that vision, the strategies that the district will take toovercome those issues, and invite the community to provide feedback to us regarding key priorities for the next five years.


We are a diverse group, made up of board members, teachers, administrators, students, and community members tasked with identifying strategic issues, setting goals, and selecting strategies to reach those goals with the aim of developing a strategic plan by early 2018.


To achieve this task, we use and value community feedback. If you’d like to start or continue to be involved in this process, please keep your eye out as this fall the Strategic Planning Team will be hosting a public forum for additional feedback. Thank you for completing the survey and thanks in advance for taking the time to participate.


Tom Chase
Lauren Dow
Robert Gadomski
Tiffany George
Shirley Glennon
Ellen Gibson
Bree Gunter
Dana Hochgraf
Brianna Jackson
Keith McGuigan
Scott Reuning
Eva Roy
Jim Vaillancourt
Jocelyn Young



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The Pied Piper Of Hamelin


The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there’s only one person who can help! Cactus Head Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life in this comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles and plenty of dancing rats! After the show stick around for a talkback where the puppeteers will show how they constructed the stages, scenery and puppets!


The library received a “Kids, Books, & the Arts” grant to help bring the performance to Northwood.  Funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is sponsored in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the New Hampshire State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Please provide advance notice to the library if you need a sign language interpreter.


Date: Saturday, August 19
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Northwood Congregational Church
Program Suited for: Ages 4 to 12





To the parents of Northwood students,
Busing our students to Northwood School and Coe-Brown Academy just made a turn for the worse. As many of you know, Northwood Transportation, in the middle of a legal contract with the school that went until June 30th 2018, went out of business leaving Northwood in a bind. Finding a replacement has been daunting. Busing companies are having trouble finding drivers. It is not the greatest job in the world, pay, benefits, and hours being poor at best. Part-time (little or no benefits) workers are a premium but I’ll leave politics out of my letter.


We thought that there was an agreement with four bus drivers to drive for Dail to bus Northwood students. We offered a $3000.00 bonus which is twice what Dail is paying in its attempt to find drivers. We are being held hostage. They want both bonuses. Frankly, I’m disgusted with both Northwood Transportation and the drivers.


Pretty much all of the important discussion on this subject has been in non-public.  I have come to detest non-public discussions. It is your money and in most cases you should be privy to how it is being spent. That being said though, I do think that the Northwood School Board, from a distance, made the right decisions. Why I am writing this letter instead of being at an emergency meeting to discuss (in public) this latest hijacking is a concern. Why shouldn’t we wait for a week and then meet. School won’t be starting for a couple of months, right?


Six plus years on the school board, Busing is the only subject that has drawn a crowd. Who woulda thought.


Tim Jandebeur
Northwood School Board












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