2012 Annual Meeting

Introduction

The Hampton School Board and school administrators established a goal for this year to “align financial resources with desired outcomes.” This goal carried the following objectives:
  1. develop a proposed operating budget using a zero-based development process;
  2. find efficiencies and savings in the operating budget to make teacher and paraprofessional contracts affordable;
  3. successfully negotiate new agreements with Hampton teachers and paraprofessionals; and
  4. communicate the results of these efforts to secure passage of the budget and contracts.

Summary

In the following graphic, the warrant of last year's meeting (March 2011) is compared to the proposed warrant for this year (March 2012). In 2011, the budget failed passage and the district ended up with a default budget. Additionally, both the teacher and paraprofessional contracts failed passage. The graphic adds up the final appropriations (authorized spending) for 2011-12 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. Note that the total for 2012-13 will be nearly $200,000 lower than in the 2011-12. The goal of the School Board was to deliver a reasonable budget, successfully negotiate with school staff, and bring tax relief to the community at the same time.

 


Current
FY 2011-12
March 2011 Meeting

Proposed
FY 2012-13
March 2012 Meeting

Operating Budget 18,320,942 17,864,500
Teacher Agreement (SEA) 0 249,323
Para Agreement (SESPA) 0 16,780
Long Term Maintenance 300,000 300,000
Special Ed Trust Fund 75,000 75,000
Child Benefit Services 44,200 37,080
Totals 18,740,142 18,542,683

Warrant

The warrant for the 2012 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 five positions open as follows:
  • One (1) School District Moderator for a 3-year term ending 2015,
  • One (1) School District Clerk for a 3-year term ending 2015,
  • One (1) School District Treasurer for a 3-year term ending 2015, and
  • Two (2) School Board Members for 3-year terms ending 2015.
Candidates may file between Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and Friday, February 3, 2012 with the School District Clerk, Tammy Deland. Call Tammy at 926-2585 to arrange filing.

Article 1 - Operating Budget

The proposed operating budget for FY 2012-13 is $17,864,500. That figure is lower than the current FY 2011-12 budget by $456,442, a proposed reduction of -2.49%. If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $18,018,848, which is $154,348 higher than the proposed.

Article 2 - Teacher Contract

The Hampton School Board and the Hampton Teachers negotiated a new two (2) year contract to run from July 2012 to June 2014. The agreement included substantial clean up of language to clarify the Hampton School District as employer and the Hampton Teachers of the Seacoast Education Association (SEA) as employees. There were amendments made to language concerning extended leaves of absence (maternity, paternity, adoption, sabbatical, and other) that will limit district expenditure for those instances in the future. Modifications were agreed to in bereavement and sick leaves and retirement notification was advanced to help with district budgeting. The agreement calls for no retroactive steps or salary adjustments and provides for one step plus 2.3% in 2012-13 and one step plus 1.5% in 2013-14. The teachers agreed to substantial concessions in medical insurance to offset salary costs. The most expensive health indemnity plans (JY and Comp100) were eliminated; prescription costs rose to 10/20/45 formulary plans consistent with the paras and non-union staff of the district; and the teachers will contribute one percent more in each year of the agreement. These concessions total more than $107,000 in annual savings.

Total cost of the first year of the agreement is $249,232.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Marked-Up Expired Agreement of SAU 21 and SEA

New Agreement of Hampton School Board and Hampton Teachers - SEA

Article 3 - Paraprofessional Contract

The Hampton School Board and the Hampton Paraprofessionals negotiated a new three (3) year contract to run from July 2012 to June 2015. The agreement included substantial clean up of language to clarify the Hampton School District as employer and the Hampton Paraprofessionals of the Seacoast Educational Support Personnel Association (SESPA) as employees. The new contract establishes a Sick Leave Bank for the paras and allows for one day per year of paid time for professional development. The most expensive health indemnity plans (Comp100) were eliminated, and prescription costs rose to 10/20/45 formulary plans consistent with the teachers and non-union staff of the district. The agreement calls for no retroactive steps or salary adjustments, freezes steps for the duration of the contract, and provides for an average cost of living adjustment of 2.5% in each year of the contract.

Total cost of the first year of the agreement is $16,780.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Marked-Up Expired Agreement of SAU 21 and SESPA

New Agreement of Hampton School Board and Hampton Paraprofessionals - SESPA

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 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 5 - Special Education Expendable Trust Fund

At the March 2010 Annual Meeting, voters established an Expendable Trust Fund for the purpose of “educating educationally disabled children” and titled it the Special Education Fund. The fund provides contingency for unanticipated expenditures like a student moving into town mid-year and needing to be placed out-of-district for specialized services at cost of $200,000 or more per year.

The March 2010 vote put $50,000 into that fund. At the March 2011 Annual Meeting, voters put another $75,000 into the fund. With accumulated interest, the fund now carries a balance of approximately $130,000. The School Board proposes to put another $75,000 into the fund this year and set a limit on the fund at $300,000 maximum balance.

Total cost of this article is $75,000.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

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 $37,080 request this year is $7,120 less than last year due to lower 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 $37,080.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

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