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Letters to the Editor

January 30, 2014

Attend the Deliberative Session

In 2012 the Timberlane School Board hired our current Superintendent, Dr. Earl Metzler and charged him with making Timberlane synonymous with "academic excellence."  We want our district to be one of the best in New Hampshire and under Dr. Metzler's direction we are making great progress toward that goal.  Since Dr. Metzler came on board there have been many changes at Timberlane and we are asking more of our students and staff than ever before.

Some of the changes that have already been made include: Restructuring the administration at the high school; Return of high school mid-terms and finals; Return of a grading system that makes sense to both parents and students at the middle school; Increased accountability for administrators and teachers; The first college fair at Timberlane in recent history with over 100 colleges and universities in attendance.

Beginning Fall 2014, optional full day Kindergarten will be offered on a tuition basis in all district towns.  Tuition revenue will completely offset the cost of the full day program. 

While striving for excellence, the school district has continued to be respectful of taxpayers.  Since 2008, the average annual budget increase has been just over two-percent.  It is noteworthy that there are no large renovation or building projects envisioned.  We are not building schools!  Our focus is on improving instruction. 

The Timberlane Deliberative Session is fast approaching on February 6.  There will be some in attendance who will try to slash the 2014-15 Budget in an effort to decrease taxes.  Any deep cuts would require the School Board to consider sharp reductions in current programs. After an extensive and very thorough process with the District Budget Committee, we believe that removing any more funds from the budget would slow our progress.  If we want excellence, we need to provide the school district with the tools to get there. 

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