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Turf field at Kingswood High will be a never-ending burden on taxpayers

To The Daily Sun,

At the candidates forum for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, Robert Theriault, Ossipee School Board candidate, questioned the high cost of the annual warrant article setting aside in a capital reserve fund $60,000 for the impeding replacement in nine years of the turf field at Kingswood. This is an annual request. Every 12 years the field will have to be replaced at an estimated $700,000.

Although, a sports fan and lifelong resident who is proud of our Kingswood athletics this will get my "No" vote on Tuesday. If you are from Wolfeboro, Ossipee, Effingham, New Durham or Brookfield think about this and vote "No."

Capital reserves are set up for many reasons. They do lessen the impact on a huge amount being voted on and voters are more than likely to approve a small amount over a period of time. The argument used to be that it saved on interest a bond would have. Now that is not an issue. A bond also requires a two-thirds vote — hard to get most of the time. The article also says that it has no impact on the taxpayers. However, the money always comes from somewhere and if it is out there, should be used for something more needed or better yet returned as a credit to the tax assessment.

I feel that this is one of the things with the new school that rode in on a trailer and even the most avid watchdogs did not see it coming. Also I heard on national TV that the current turf fields can cause burns that may lead to cancer. We have a so-called few of a kind in the state that is used infrequently, (and) will be a never-ending burden on taxpayers.

I agree with Bob of Ossipee and hopefully after the useful life of this field it will be returned to good old Mother Earth.

Dennis Bean

Wolfeboro

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Status quo with Gilford & Alton educational leadership not acceptable

To The Daily Sun,

A Gallup survey of 1 million people concludes that people quit bad bosses, not companies and organizations.

The last few years have exhibited a revolving door of school administrators, both principals and superintendents, in Gilford and Alton. No matter who is elected this spring, it is incumbent upon both the school boards and budget committees of these two towns to conduct a self examination to discover why they have been unable to provide stability in these two important roles.

As bosses, what kind of environment are you creating in which these roles are carried out?

Have you been poor leaders? Has your leadership been arbitrary? Has it been partisan and political? Have you failed to coach and on-board new hires, to orient them to the local culture? Have you made poor selection decisions in the first place, failing to ascertain the underlying characteristics that will lead to success in your town? Have you created a succession pipeline of current talented personnel within your own districts? Must you always go outside for lack of planning?

What priority is given to education by your budget committee? Have you failed to pay competitive salaries? What is your reward strategy? At what percentile do you compete for talent? Why? Is that strategy successful. Have you starved the school departments of the resources they need to succeed in a misguided "no new taxes" ideology? Why are people leaving for greener pastures? Find out.

"By their fruits, you will know them." So far the fruit has not been very good in terms of stable educational leadership; but all is not hopeless if you are willing to "read the handwriting on the wall" and right your ship. The status-quo is not acceptable.

John B. Larrere

Gilford

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