by Chuck Douglas
School board member Jennifer Strong-Rain should stop her misrepresentation of the work the Budget Committee is trying to do for reasonable spending. On Monday January 9 she attended the budget committee meeting and showed her colors as a shill for the spenders.
She used her social media that night to say “sitting at the Bow Budget…meeting…they are talking some tough cuts (2 million dollars)!!!” She clearly misrepresented what happened. Her Facebook post at 9:17 p.m. was more than an hour after the committee had merely asked the school administration to see what a level funded budget (the same as last year’s spending) would look like. No one proposed a $2 million dollar cut that night.
Board member Strong-Rain then went off the deep end by pleading that “if you have children you MUST rally the troops.” In an update she said “It is a scary meeting!!!!”
This kind of hysteria by a public official is not going to help Bow fill the $14,000,000 hole we face. Taxpayers should retire her at the next election she faces in Bow. As a school teacher in Concord she should know better than to intentionally misinform her “troops” in Bow.
In response to the Budget Committee’s request to consider funding the schools at the same level they actually spent last year Dean Cascadden, our school superintendent, brusquely said that proposal would “impact the school program negatively,” if we funded the schools with the exact same amount they spent last year.
It is easy for Cascadden to refuse any cuts because he lives in Meredith and takes $200,000 a year in salary and benefits up 1-93 paid for primarily by Bow taxpayers.
The town budget has been cut by hundreds of thousands. Why can’t the schools pitch in for their share of shared sacrifice due to the $14 million dollar power plant hit?
Cascadden has not one single dollar at stake as a Meredith taxpayer but he gave a nose thumb to those of us in Bow who have to pick up the pieces.
We wear it – not the Man from Meredith. You the voters need to consider why Bow police, fire and emergency services can be cut but the schools are an untouchable sacred cow!
Don’t fall for it!
We who live in Bow and serve on the Budget Committeeare not the devil incarnate. We are trying to do the right thing in a very, very difficult situation.
Support us, not the Man from Meredith who has no skin in the game.