Stratham Memorial School Principal Thomas Fosher is being asked to make additional reductions to his proposed 2013-14 operating budget. The $10,031,975 proposal represents an increase of $239,201, or about 2.44 percent. Projected warrant articles would bring the increase to 4.5 percent.
During Wednesday night's Stratham School Board meeting, the school's Budget Advisory Board asked Fosher to cut the total increase down to 3.5 percent. "Our feeling is that the total increase is too much," said board member Susan Canada.
However, one increase Fosher identified as justified is a $119,831 increase in computer equipment. This increase includes six new interactive Whiteboards, 100 Chromebook computers and 90 iPads.