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$2.1 million bond for parking lot renovations voted down by Jaffrey-Rindge voters

  • Marcea Gustafson-Belletete was elected to the at-large Jaffrey-Rindge School Board seat.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Patty Farmer campaigns outside the Jaffrey VFW on Tuesday. Farmer was elected to serve as a Jaffrey representative on the Jaffrey-Rindge School Board in an uncontested race. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, March 15, 2019 8:7AM

A $2.1 million bond for parking lot renovations for the elementary schools in the Jaffrey-Rindge School District was voted down Tuesday. 

The warrant article needed a three-fifths majority to pass, but only received 58.4 percent of the vote. The article received 60.7 percent of the vote in Jaffrey and 56.8 percent of the vote in Rindge. 

Marcea Gustafson-Belletete was elected to the Jaffrey-Rindge School Board in the lone contested race on the ballot.

Gustafson-Belletete was one of three people running for the at-large seat, which represents both towns. With 641 votes in both towns, Gustafson-Belletete defeated Mike Dispasquale and Jason Boyle, who received 555 votes and 335 votes respectively. 

“We need everyone to be on the same page, I think there’s a lot of fraction [in the district,]” Gustafson-Belletete said when asked about her goals on the board. “We need to find the common ground and work forward with that. The common ground may only be broad strokes… we need to drill down underneath that to see what we can build on.”

Gustafson-Belletete said she is also excited to help integrate the community into the district to create more learning opportunities for the students. 

All other articles on the warrant were passed this year.

Over 72 percent of voters in both towns approved the district’s proposed $25,416,319 operating budget.

Voters also approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Association, $190,000 to repair roofs at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Rindge Memorial School, and to take up $200,000 from the June 30 fund balance so the district can acquire any properties that abut land the district owns. 

Patty Farmer was elected to a three-year term to represent Jaffrey on the school board, while Alicia Stenersen was elected to a three-year term to represent Rindge.

Robert Schaumann will serve another year as school district moderator after being elected to another one-year term. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.