To The Daily Sun,
I would like to personally thank the Gilford residents who came out to the school budget deliberative session last Friday. The words shared and the strong turnout showed great support in the community for our schools. Several attendees spoke about the quality education our children receive in the Gilford schools. Some stated that they specially moved to Gilford because of the reputation of our schools and the success of our graduates after their experiences in our system.
The School Board worked diligently for the past four months to build a fiscally responsible budget. The overwhelming decision by the voters at the deliberative session to put the $115,937 back into the school budget was a reflection of our community's support for public education in Gilford and our teachers.
There was support for the three-year collective bargaining agreement for our teachers from our community. Our teachers do a wonderful job supporting and educating our children in the Gilford Schools. Overall, the 1.1 percent increase was an effort to create a fiscally responsible school budget to support education with consideration for our taxpayers.
There are two important steps left in this year's budget process. First, the public hearing on the citizen's petition warrant article, to change the development of the default budget, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Second, the polls will be open at the Gilford Community Center on Tuesday, March 14, for Gilford residents to vote on the 2017-18 school and town budgets.
Please remember to vote.
Again I want to thank the Gilford residents for participating in the school deliberative session.
Karen Thurston, Chair
Gilford School Board