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"You're proposing to take all the money and apply it to the school department and damn the other departments," Teeboom said.
"Tell us what you need and the city will see what we can afford," Dowd said. "If we don't know what you think you need, as Alderman Shaheen said, we're not going to add it."
Former Nashua Alderman Fred Teeboom, who said he has several grandchildren in the district, lambasted Mark Conrad and the Board of Education at the hearing. Teeboom said the district's budget "isn't going to fly" with Nashua taxpayers and disregards a spending cap of 2.1 percent set by the city in 1994.
Several city aldermen attended and spoke at the budget hearing.
One of those new positions requested is a high school social worker.
Teeboom, who personally pledged to lead efforts to defeat the school budget, said the extra money to New Era 59fifty On Head the school would deprive other city departments, such as the Nashua police and fire departments.
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increase is transportation. Conrad's 2015 budget proposes a million dollar hike to the transportation line item because of a change in the busing contract, though he speculated that number would come down once a new bid is secured.
Dowd also expressed concern at the lack of public participation at Wednesday night's budget hearing, which drew less than 10 people from the public.
5M increase in proposed Nashua school budget may head to chopping block
"Each year, our hands are tied," Sheehan said. "The only thing we can do is cut, and I have a feeling that's going to happen."
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Conrad said the proposed increase, $5.08 million over last year's base budget, would represent approximately a 3 percent raise in tax rates levied to city residents.
NASHUA The city's school superintendent knew his district's proposed 5 percent budget increase was "large" in context to the mayor's spending cap, but he held out hope for little opposition.
Teeboom also questioned whether the school district's budget has gone to good use in Nashua and cited statistics showing Nashua high school students lagging behind at math and science proficiency.
Alderman at Large Diane Sheehan asked the school board to tell aldermen the district's needs, suggesting that the budget would be cut significantly before approval.
It became clear at Wednesday's budget hearing at Nashua High School North that wouldn't be the case.
Ward 2 Alderman Richard Dowd agreed with Shaheen's statements.
Conrad's proposal consists of salary increases for teachers. For fiscal year 2015, the district has asked for an additional $3.36 million to fund new teacher positions, severance increases and increases in approved contracts.
Conrad said the addition of a social worker at Elm Street Middle School has made a big difference, and New Era New Orleans Saints
"The immediate issues students may be facing with their families, whether it's housing, whether it's nutrition, whether it's mental health needs, there are many different needs students bring to school many of them preventing (students) from being able to learn," Conrad said.
he wishes the high schools could follow suit. Conrad wants a social worker at Nashua High School North and Nashua High School South eventually.
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