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Gayle Hedrington

November 9, 2009



 All Croydonís organizations are gearing up for the Croydon Veteranís Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. As of Sunday, the expected count for the dinner is approximately 50-70 Veterans and family members. The Fire Department is supplying appetizers, the Ladies Auxiliary is making pies, the Croydon Congregational Church is supplying all the paper goods and vegetable dishes.The Croydon Historical Societyís menu for the day is Pot Roast, Turkey Casserole, Roast Pork, Homemade Applesauce, and many delightful side dishes.

 In addition to the dinner, students from the Croydon Village School wrote a poem that they will read at the event. Also slated is the Veterans of Foreign Wars will perform the Presentation of Colors. Bernard (Skins) Watkins will perform Salute to the Flag.

 If you are a veteran living in Croydon and have not RSVPíd, there is still time to do so. Call Bap Kresse at 863-1449, Clayton Phillips 863-1119, or Cody Kangus 863-3099.


The Croydon Historical Society

 The Croydon Historical Society is meeting at 2 pm in the Croydon Town Hall.After the meeting, the members are helping with preparation for the Veteranís Dinner.



Jim Peschke, Tom Leslie, Rod Ballou, Chris and Deb Gardner, Matt Wittasek, Jan Pellerin, Michelle Caccavaro, Julie and Gary Quimby and Jody Underwood attended the AREA Agreement Committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

 Some in attendance came to express they were happy with the AREA agreement and wanted to keep the agreement and questioned the process. The purpose of the meeting was to get volunteers to establish a committee to investigate options to modify or discontinue the AREA agreement with Newport.

 The process began back in January of 2007 after the Tuition Task Force made six recommendations (listed below) to the Croydon School Board, after the Task Force looked at a projected 30 percent increase for the school year 2007-08. The task force was composed of George Caccavaro, Jan Pellerin, Clayton Platt, and me Gayle Hedrington.   

 In addition to modifying the AREA agreement, one of the recommendations was to look at tuition rates for other schools.

 In the school year 2008-2009, another meeting was held under the instruction of the Croydon School Board asking for input from residents of Croydon regarding the future of education for Croydon Students. The first meeting was large with many suggestions from Croydon resident. Representative Beverly Rodeschin and Fred Bramante from the NH Board of Education also attended the meeting. This is when the Croydon Long Term Planning Committee formed. The committee Jim Peschke, Wendy Rasmussen, Henry Touchette,Mike Carey, and me Gayle Hedrington created a survey from the residents input. It was mailed to all Croydon residents. Sixty percent of Croydon residents returned the survey and the results were calculated and presented to the Croydon School Board.

 I mention this recent history because it was evident that some residents are unaware of the total process of the AREA agreement review.This process started in 2006 and is a work in progress.    

 Matt Wittasek, Jan Pellerin, Chris Gardner, Jody Underwood, John Clements, and I Gayle Hedrington are all working on different aspects of information gathering to present to the Croydon School Board. The next meeting for the AREA AGREEMENT REVIEW committee is on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm in the Croydon Village School.


SAU 43 Budget Hearing

 SAU 43 has a public hearing for their 2010-2011 school year budget on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 in the Lou Thompson Room at Newport Middle High School. The budget projects a 13% increase for the school year 2010-2011.


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