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If Strong is to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2018, they will have to find a way to replace the production lost by three starters. With Derrion Davis, Jeremiah Young and Byron Maze gone, the Bulldogs have to find a way to replace approximately 43 points and 31 rebounds per night. And while that certainly won’t be an easy task, the Bulldogs have spent the last few weeks leading up to their season opener on Tuesday against Bradley by getting up to speed on what coach Champ Watson wants done on the floor. “Lot of teaching, lot of teaching,” Watson said. “They’re (Bradley) one of the top guys in the conference, so even though we canceled some games, it’s done us well because there’s been a lot of teaching.” Watson said the Bulldogs have been focused on the defensive side of the ball. “I’m just teaching everything, especially from the defensive side,” Watson said. “I’m a defensive-minded coach. Everything from how to play man-to-man and the position you’re supposed to be in instead of tugging and chasing and things like that. Guard to forward help, forward to guard help, being in the right position to make plays.” Senior Emauri Newton, who averaged 10 points and five assists per game last year, will be counted on to produce.

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A new report released this week by the Commission to Study School Funding has declared New Hampshire’s system to be “inequitable from both student and taxpayer perspectives,” and commission members are hoping to fix the problem once and for all through policy changes. “For New Hampshire to meet its constitutional responsibilities where all students have an equal opportunity to an adequate education, its state aid distribution formula needs to be altered,” state Sen. Jay Kahn, a member of the commission said in a press conference Tuesday. In the 181-page report, which was approved Monday, the Commission is recommending a shift in how New Hampshire re-distributes some of its property taxes, hoping to help iron out the disparities between towns with richer and poorer tax bases. Currently, the state collects the Statewide Education Property Tax (SWEPT) – in addition to local property taxes – from homeowners. Most state aid is allocated to schools as a flat, universal cost per student. Any excess collected that isn’t needed by the local school district is returned to towns by the state. That means property-rich towns conversational tone often don’t use up all of the state property taxes they pay for their schools, and receive large amounts back. Property-poor towns, on the other hand, need all the property tax revenue they can get, and frequently have to raise taxes even higher – or make painful cuts to staff and services – to compensate.