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Schools will ask council tonight to approve $1.8M borrowing

Laconia — School Superintendent Terri Forsten will sound the City Council tonight about the prospect of the School District accepting a $1.8 million loan bearing no interest, with the proceeds dedicated to renovations and improvements designed to "enhance classroom teaching, increase graduation rates, improve employment opportunities and better prepare students for the workplace or higher education".
Laconia was the only school district in the state to express interest in the Qualified Zone Academy Bond, or QZAB, which is awarded by the federal government and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Education. To qualify more than 35-percent of the students enrolled in the district must be eligible for free or reduced lunch, a threshold Laconia (at 53 percent) easily exceeds. In addition, funding requires a local match of 10 percent, creation of a so-called "zone academy" and collaboration with community partners.
The district recently borrowed $6.5 million in the form of a QZAB as part of the financing package for renovations of Laconia High School and the Huot Regional Technical Educaiton Center. To qualify, the district established a "wellness academy," which would ensure its eligibility for a second loan.
Earlier this month Malcolm Murray, member of the Facilities Committee of the School Board, presented the board with a prioritized list of renovations and improvements at the high school, which could be undertaken with the funds. The highest priorities are health and safety issues, including installation of a sprinkler, heat recovery ventilation and radon removal systems and removal of asbestos. The list also included replacing or repairing suspended ceilings in classrooms and aluminum panels on exterior windows as well as removing carpeting from corridors.
The council must approve the interest payments of $78,260 per year for 23 years beginning in 2015. In order to comply with the limits of the tax cap, the council has sought to keep annual principal and payments on borrowings to approximately $3.2-million.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 01:34

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Clarification: Shaker Schools field curfew applies to school activities only

CORRECTION- The Shaker Regional School District playing fields will be open later than 6 p.m. for everything except school-related events as a result of a positive test in town for the West Nile Virus. It was incorrectly reported on page 1 of Friday's paper that the fields were closed to everyone after the curfew time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 03:21

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Partially submerged boat found tied to Mark Island dock

GILFORD — Fire officials said yesterday that a partially submerged boat off of Mark Island triggered a visit from the Marine Patrol and Gilford's Rescure Boat yesterday morning.

Capt. Mike Newhall said the 17-foot boat sank sometime in the last week and workers who were on the island providing service for a different homeowner saw it and reported it.

Newhall said the boat was tied to a dock and was partially submerged. He said fire crews don't know when or why the boat sank but responded because there was some initial concern that gasoline or other toxic fluids may have leaked into Lake Winnipesaukee.

He said there didn't appear to be any leakage and officers from the Marine Patrol were going to notify the owner and request he or she remove it from the water.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 03:16

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Laconia Police investigating reported 1 on 1 robbery

LACONIA — City police have obtained an arrest warrant for a transient man who allegedly robbed one of his friends at knife point Wednesday night.

In a media release issued yesterday, police said they are looking for Paul E. Mullaney, 27, who has no fixed address. Police said there is no cause for general alarm but they haven't been able to locate him and are asking for the public's help.

According to police, the victim and Mullaney were together for a couple of hours earlier in the evening but around 10:15 p.m. the victim said Mullaney pulled a knife on him while the two were near the intersection of Fair and Court Streets and ordered him to give him his money.

The victim did as he was told, was not injured, and reported the alleged robbery immediately to police.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information they are asked to call 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 03:14

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