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Manchester School Budget Saves 54 Teacher Jobs

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Ryan Lessard
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NHPR

The Manchester Board of Alderman has approved a school budget that will save at least 54 teacher jobs.  The city’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday night to pass the budget with about $2 million more than the mayor’s proposed school budget of $150 million dollars.  The extra money will save at least 54 of the 161 teachers and staff members slated for layoffs by July 1. 

The school budget passed with the ten votes needed to override Mayor Gatsas’ earlier veto. The approved $152 million dollar budget for the Manchester school district is still $10 million shy of what’s necessary to continue school programs at current levels.  The aldermen also approved a $134 million city budget.

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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