2017 Annual Meeting

Information for the 2017 Annual School District Meeting

Proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget and Other Warrant Articles

To be voted on by ballot on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Introduction

The Hampton School Board and school administrators pursued the restated goal 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)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 2016) is compared to the proposed warrant for this year (March 2017). In 2016, the proposed Hampton Academy reconstruction project bond article failed to secure the super-majority of 60% need for passage, the operating budget was passed by voters along with a new collective bargaining agreement with the Hampton Teachers (SEA), the Long-Term Maintenance article, and a petition article for Sacred Heart School. The graphic adds up the final appropriations (authorized spending) for 2016-17 as a result of voting that year. Then it adds up the total appropriations if all four (4) warrant articles proposed this year are supported by the voting public for 2017-18. 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, and bring other important matters forward to the voters with a prudent approach.

Summary

Warrant

The warrant for the 2017 Annual School District Meeting contains four (4) articles upon which the public will vote. The signed warrant as posted is available below.

The warrant also notes the school district officer position that will appear for election on the ballot. There is one (1) position open as follows:

One (1) School Board Member for 3-year term ending 2020.

Candidates may file between Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and Friday, February 3, 2017 by 5:00pm with the School District Clerk, Jane Cypher in the Town Clerk';s Office at the Hampton Town Hall, 926-0406.

Warrant of the 2017 Annual School District Meeting

State of NH Budget Postings - MS-27 and Default

Newsletter - Jan 2017 District News

Warrant Presentation to the Budget Committee 12-08-16

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:

  • vital upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, safety, air quality and accessibility systems throughout the building
  • core subject classrooms sized and equipped for 21st century learning providing a contemporary educational environment
  • a full-size gymnasium with bleacher seating for 500
  • contemporary science and STEM classrooms with real laboratory facilities
  • improved classroom space for unified arts - band, chorus, fine art
  • a school and community auditorium with fixed seating for 550
  • upgraded kitchen/cafeteria with storage space for all building needs
  • a 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 $25,950,000 project and appropriates the amount of the first interest payment of $570,360. Passage requires a three-fifths (60%) vote.

Total cost of this article is $570,360.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Presentation to Public Hearing on the Bond 01-10-17

Project Information Flyer

Article 2 - Operating Budget

The proposed operating budget for FY 2017-18 is $20,635,850. That figure is higher than the current FY 2016-17 budget by $212,510, a proposed increase of 1.04%. If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $20,679,275, which is $43,425 higher than the proposed. In other words, the budget is rising in default by 1.25%, which is $255,935 and there is a reduction of $43,425 requested in the proposed budget, which is savings of 0.21%.

Total cost of this article is $20,635,850.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget

Budget Presentation to Budget Committee 12-08-16

Article 3 - 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 replacement of the single-story roofs of Marston School, upgrades to building security 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 4 - 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 $39,729 requested this year is $5,871 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 $39,729.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Citizen Petition for Child Benefit Services

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