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March 22, 2017 top stories
Proposed Oxbow budget
would see staff cuts

BRADFORD—Bradford and Newbury residents will vote next week on a $7,064,050 spending plan for Oxbow High School and a $2,092,291 operating budget for River Bend Career and Technical Center.
On March 20, Oxbow High School officials greeted about 25 people at the budget informational meeting, which was held in the school’s auditorium.
Orange East Superintendent Beth Cobb took the podium first to share the latest information about the Act 46 process. Many meetings over the winter had to be cancelled due to bad weather, but at the most recent session on March 13, the Blue Mountain Union, Bradford, Newbury and Oxbow districts decided to return to a merger idea by reviewing articles of agreement. Cobb said that Thetford and Waits River are “in the wings” deciding in what direction they will go, but they are both having talks with other districts as well.

Budget cut fails
in narrow vote

WOODSVILLE–A dispute between two communities on NORTH HAVERHILL—If there’s a message after Saturday’s Haverhill Cooperative School District annual meeting, it’s that every vote counts.
An attempt to cut $400,000 from the school budget was defeated by just four votes. The spread represents less than one percent of the total number of ballots cast.
After a paper ballot, the motion failed with 233 voting against it with 229 voting in favor. One ballot was spoiled, according to school district moderator Alfred “Jay” Holden.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that one vote doesn’t count,” Holden said.

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Bid to budget
recycling fails

NORTH HAVERHILL—For the first time, Haverhill held its annual town meeting on a Saturday and it appears town officials are pleased with turnout.
The town meeting was held on March 18 after the Haverhill Cooperative School District meeting adjourned and a light lunch.
“This is democracy at its best,” said Wayne Fortier, chair of the Haverhill Selectboard. He was commenting on 463 people recorded for the school district meeting. There were significantly less people who stuck around for the town meeting, but the turnout appeared to be better than recent attendances on Tuesday nights, the traditional time for town meeting.

Saturday switch
causes confusion

PIERMONT—Piermont’s town meeting was remarkable in that it was relatively unremarkable. After a year of tumult, lawsuits, and even a bit of name-calling, nearly 80 residents and town officials dispatched all of the business to come before residents at the rescheduled annual meeting on March 16.
“We hope that’s all behind us now and we go back to getting along with each other,” said one of the checklist greeters as visitors entered Piermont Village School for the meeting.

In a remarkable state championship game at the Barre Auditorium on Saturday night, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team stormed back in an epic rally capped by Regan Covey’s game-winning shot (pictured). For the story and more photos, see page 11.

JO PHOTO BY RICHARD SWENSON

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