2014 Annual School District Meeting

Information for the 2014 Annual School District Meeting

Proposed 2014-15 Operating Budget and Other Warrant Articles

To be voted on by ballot on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Introduction

The Hampton School Board and school administrators established a goal for this year in the area of Finance and Facility 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. generate savings and repurpose funds in the operating budget in order to keep increases small so that a renewed teacher contract is affordable;
  3. successfully negotiate a new agreement with the Hampton teachers; and
  4. communicate the results of these efforts to secure passage of the budget and contract.

Summary

In the following graphic, the warrant of last year's meeting (March 2013) is compared to the proposed warrant for this year (March 2014). In 2013, the budget was passed by voters along with the Long Term Maintenance article, a one-time capital project at Centre School, and petition article for Sacred Heart School. The graphic adds up the final appropriations (authorized spending) for 2013-14 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. The graphic also includes the estimated tax rate impact per $1,000 of property value that each article will have. Note that the total appropriation for 2014-15 will be more than $250,000 lower than in the 2013-14 and the tax rate will be reduced by more than 9 cents. The goal of the School Board was to deliver a reasonable budget, successfully negotiate with teachers, and bring responsible requests to the community.

Summary

Warrant

The warrant for the 2014 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 positions that will appear for election on the ballot. There is one position open as follows:

One (1) School Board Member for a 3-year term ending 2017.

Candidates may file between Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and Friday, January 31, 2014 by 5:00pm with the School District Clerk, Jane Cypher in the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall, 926-0406.

Warrant of the 2014 Annual School District Meeting

State of NH Budget Postings - MS-27 and Default

Newsletter - Jan 2014 District News

Budget and Warrant Presentation to the Budget Committee 01-07-14

Article 1 - Operating Budget

The proposed operating budget for FY 2014-15 is $19,390,370. That figure is higher than the current FY 2013-14 budget by $100,358, a proposed increase of 0.52%. If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $19,477,840, which is $87,470 higher than the proposed. In other words, a YES vote costs less than a NO vote

Total cost of this article is $19,390,370.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Proposed 2014-15 Operating Budget

Budget Presentation to Budget Committee 12-17-13

Article 2 - Teacher Contract

The Hampton School Board and the Hampton Teachers negotiated a new two (2) year contract to run from July 2014 to June 2016. The agreement includes continued clean up of language from the former SAU 21 agreement. The new language also clarifies matters of degree changes as well as awarding of compensation for additional educational credit. The agreement calls for teachers within the salary scale to receive one step in each of the two years; teachers at or off the top of the salary scale will receive a cost of living adjustment of 1.7% in year one and 1.9% in year two. The school board and teachers agreed to an active committee discussion that will explore strategies that link compensation to teacher effectiveness and address development of a career ladder approach to teacher leaders.

Total cost of the first year of the agreement is $228,875.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Marked-Up Expired Agreement of Hampton School Board and SEA

New Agreement of Hampton School Board and Hampton Teachers - SEA

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 currently in progress include energy efficiency upgrades in lighting throughout the district, fire sprinkler suppression systems at Hampton Academy, 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 $42,500 request this year is $3,000 more than last year due to rising enrollment of Hampton students in that school. This warrant article is presented by Citizen Petition (signed by 25 or more registered voters of Hampton).

Total cost of this article is $42,500.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Citizen Petition for Child Benefit Services


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