Holderness begins search for new town administrator

HOLDERNESS — Efforts are underway to replace Walter Johnson, who has been appointed town administrator in Moultonborough after serving in the same capacity in Holderness for the past decade.

Shelagh Connelly, who chairs the Board of Selectmen said that town officials are working with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, Municipal Managers Association of New Hampshire and other professional employment services. Resumes will be accepted through September 1 with an eye to having a town administrator at work by the middle of October. Resumes should be forwarded to the Holderness Town Office, P.O. Box 203, Holderness, NH 03245.

Connelly said that "during the past 10 years Walter has been successful working with the Selecboard and committee members as well as staff and the community at large to improve the administration of town government here in Holderness. The board wishes him great success in his new position."

Robbery of $400 cash reported on South Main Street

LACONIA — Police are seeking help from the public in their investigation of a reported robbery that allegedly took place on South Main Street, near Vista Foods, shortly before midnight last Saturday.

The victim, described only as a local man, told police that a dark colored Pontiac Grand Am, driven by a woman, drew up to the curb and one of several men in the car got out. He claimed the man struck him with a crow bar and took approximately $400 in cash from his backpack. Police said the reported victim showed no visible signs of an injury.

According to police, the victim said he was set up by an acquaintance and insisted that the incident had nothing to do with drugs, but then turned uncooperative under questioning.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

Superintendent worried about resignations of nursing educators at Huot Center

LACONIA — Interim School District Superintendent Phil McCormack told Laconia School Board members Tuesday night that the recent resignations of two health program teachers from the Huot Regional Technical Education Center will be difficult to fill and could have on impact on nursing courses that are offered.
He said that the School District is trying to work through the situation and locate within its own ranks people who have the background to teach those courses.
School Board Chairman Joe Cormier asked if it might be possible to work with Plymouth State University to see if there were some way that students could be brought in and obtain credits for teaching.
McCormack said that Plymouth State does have a nursing program but was uncertain as to whether that approach would work.
He also said that the School District was finding it difficult to retain para-educators and that two had left in recent days.
The board approved hiring two new teachers to fill vacancies; a grade 6 math and physical science teacher at Woodland Heights Elementary School and a math teacher at the High School.
The board also finalized its 2015-2016 operating budget, making $100,000 in cuts to bring the bottom line of the $32.5 million budget to the total approved by the City Council.
Business Administrator Ed Emond, who worked with the Budget and Personnel Committee and school administrators to come up with the cuts, said that two budgeted positions, one at the Middle School and one at the elementary level, would not be filled, accounting for the bulk of the reduction. He said that spending was also reduced in some budget lines due the impact of lower costs for newly hired staff.
The board also approved applying $20,000 refund in a premium holiday for workers compensation and unemployment compensation to reduce premiums for the current year.