2016 Annual School District Meeting

Information for the 2016 Annual School District Meeting

Proposed 2016-17 Operating Budget and Other Warrant Articles

To be voted on by ballot on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Introduction

The Hampton School Board and school administrators established a goal for this year in the area of Finance and Facility to “continue to align resources to accomplish priorities within a balanced budget.” This goal carried a number of objectives, specific and annual, including the following:

  1. develop a proposed operating budget using a zero-based development process;
  2. address Hampton Academy facilities with a capital project that the voters can support;
  3. successfully negotiate a new agreement with the Hampton teachers; and
  4. communicate with the public to secure voter approval of the project, budget, and contract.

Summary

In the following graphic, the warrant of last year’s meeting (March 2015) is compared to the proposed warrant for this year (March 2016). In 2015, the operating budget was passed by voters along with a new collective bargaining agreement with the Hampton Paraprofessionals (SESPA), the Long Term Maintenance article, a request for funds to secure project management and architect support for a possible capital project, and a petition article for Sacred Heart School. The graphic adds up the final appropriations (authorized spending) for 2015-16 as a result of voting that year. Then it adds up the total appropriations if all six (6) warrant articles proposed this year are supported by the voting public for 2016-17. The graphic also includes the estimated tax rate impact per $1,000 of property value that each article will have (based upon today’s valuation). The goal of the School Board was to propose a capital project to renovate Hampton Academy, deliver a reasonable budget, successfully negotiate with our teachers, and bring other important matters forward to the voters with a prudent approach.

Summary

Warrant

The warrant for the 2016 Annual School District Meeting contains six (6) articles upon which the public will vote. The signed warrant as posted is available below.

The warrant also notes the school district officer positions that will appear for election on the ballot. There are two (2) positions open as follows:

Two (2) School Board Members for 3-year terms ending 2019.

Candidates may file between Wednesday, January 20, 2016 and Friday, January 29, 2016 by 5:00pm with the School District Clerk, Jane Cypher in the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 926-0406.

Candidate filing has closed and there are three (3) candidates for the two (2) open positions:

  • Ginny Bridle Russell
  • Kevin Lonergan
  • Les Shepard

Warrant of the 2016 Annual School District Meeting

State of NH Budget Postings – MS-27 and Default

Newsletter – Jan 2016 District News

Warrant Presentation to the Budget Committee 01-05-16

Article 1 – Proposed Bonding for Reconstruction of Hampton Academy

The School Board is proposing a comprehensive reconstruction of the Hampton Academy middle school facility. The project will deal with much needed major systems overhauls including HVAC and air quality, plumbing, electric and data, and building security. Additionally, the project will address program and space needs in support of high quality, twenty-first century student learning. Included will be:

  • a full-size gymnasium with seating for bleacher 500
  • contemporary science and STEM classrooms with lab facilities
  • upgraded mechanical, electrical, safety, and air quality systems
  • improved classroom space for unified arts – band, chorus, fine art
  • school and community auditorium with fixed seating for 550
  • upgraded kitchen/cafeteria with storage space for all building needs
  • community room and meeting space with video recording for Cable
  • improved traffic flow with on-site bus and parent drop off and pick up

This article authorizes long-term bonding for the $24,945,000 project and appropriates the amount of the first interest payment of $460,550. Passage requires a three-fifths (60%) vote.

Total cost of this article is $460,550.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Presentation to Public Hearing on the Bond 01-13-16

Project Information Flyer

Article 2 – Operating Budget

The proposed operating budget for FY 2016-17 is $20,184,320. That figure is higher than the current FY 2015-16 budget by $99,830, a proposed increase of 0.50%. If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $20,256,680, which is $72,360 higher than the proposed. In other words, the budget is rising in default by 0.86%, which is $172,190 and there is a reduction of $72,360 requested in the proposed budget, which is savings of 0.36%.

Total cost of this article is $20,184,320.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Proposed 2016-17 Operating Budget

Budget Presentation to Budget Committee 12-15-15

Article 3 – Teacher Contract

The Hampton School Board and the Hampton Teachers negotiated a new four (4) year contract to run from July 2016 to June 2020. The four year agreement avoids an entire negotiating session and its associated costs.

Changes are largely related to the health coverage benefit and include:

  1. a committee of equal representation between district and union will be formed and will meet annually to seek options and alternatives to control/lower costs of health coverage and address possible impacts of a “Cadillac Tax”;
  2. the prescription coverage (Rx) will shift from a 3-tier 10/20/45 plan to a lower premium 6-tier 10/25/40-10/40/70 plan that will raise the cost of non-generic 90-day mail order prescriptions;
  3. the cost sharing of the new HMO coverage will shift from 87/13 to 83/17;
  4. a new lower cost site-of-service plan will be added at a cost sharing of 95/5; and
  5. language will be added that protects the district and taxpayer from ever paying an excise or other tax as a result of teachers choosing to keep high cost health plans.

Also, the dental coverage will be upgraded to a more contemporary plan and a joint committee will be established to review and report on extra-curricular stipends included in the agreement.

With regard to salaries, the agreement calls for:

  1. the salary scale to increase by 0.5% (half of one percent) in each of the four years;
  2. teachers not yet at the top of the scale to advance one (1) step each year;
  3. the salaries of teachers at or beyond the top step of the scale to increase by 1.75% in each of the four years.

Total cost of the first year of the agreement is $239,020.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Marked-Up Expiring Agreement of Hampton School Board and SEA

Article 4 – Long Term Maintenance

The school district has voted supportively for a number of years to appropriate $300,000 for ongoing long term maintenance projects in the Hampton school buildings. Major projects recently completed or in progress include reconstruction and repaving of the parking lot and bus loop at Marston School, upgrades to building perimeter security (cameras) at all three schools, and ADA accessibility upgrades to bathrooms. The School Board again this year requests $300,000 to continue the projects listed in the warrant.

Total cost of this article is $300,000.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Update on Long Term Maintenance Warrant Article Projects

Article 5 – Acceptance of Transfer of Land from Town of Hampton to School District

There are two parcels of property owned by the Town of Hampton that abuts the Hampton Academy property on Academy Avenue. They are commonly known as the Arnold and Martel properties. One is leased to the School District for use and the other has an easement for School District use. Both have been used for the loading and unloading of buses and staff parking at the Hampton Academy for a number of years. This article authorizes the School Board to accept a transfer of those properties from the Town to the Schools. There is a related article on the Town’s warrant that authorizes the Selectmen to convey the property. There is no cost related to this transfer.

Total cost of this article is $0.

The School Board recommends approval of this article.

Article 6 – Child Benefit Services (Sacred Heart)

NH state law, specifically RSA 189:49, permits a local school district to provide child benefit services for resident students attending other schools. In our case, Hampton voters have for a number of years provided funding to Sacred Heart School in Hampton to benefit Hampton students there with school nurse services, instructional materials, etc. The $45,600 requested this year is $1,150 less than last year due to changing enrollment of Hampton students in that school. This warrant article is presented by Citizen Petition (signed by 25 or more registered voters of Hampton and verified by the School District Clerk).

Total cost of this article is $45,600.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Citizen Petition for Child Benefit Services

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