District Meeting 2018

Information for the 2018 Annual School District Meeting

Proposed 2018-19 Operating Budget and Other Warrant Articles

To be voted on by ballot on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 

Introduction

The Hampton School Board and school administrators continued to follow the goal 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. advance the Hampton Academy capital project approved by voters in 2017;
  3. communicate with the public to secure voter approval of the budget.

Summary

In the following graphic, the warrant of last year’s meeting (March 2017) is compared to the proposed warrant for this year (March 2018).  In 2017, the operating budget was passed by voters along with the first year ($570,360) interest payment on the also approved Hampton Academy reconstruction project.  Voters additionally approved the Long-Term Maintenance article and a petition article for Sacred Heart School.  The graphic adds up the final appropriations (authorized spending) for 2017-18 (not including the $25,950,000 project) 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 2018-19.  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 address the fiscal obligations of the School District, deliver a reasonable budget, and bring other important matters forward to the voters with a prudent approach.

Warrant

The warrant for the 2018 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 are five (5) positions open as follows:

                  One (1) School District Moderator for 3-year term ending 2021,
                  One (1) School District Clerk for 3-year term ending 2021,
                  One (1) School District Treasurer for 3-year term ending 2021, and
                  Two (2) School Board Members for 3-year terms ending 2021.

Candidates may file between Wednesday, January 24, 2018 and Friday, February 2, 2018 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 2018 Annual School District Meeting

State of NH Budget Postings – MS-27 and Default

Newsletter – Jan 2018 District News

Warrant Presentation to the Budget Committee 12-19-17

Handout to the Public Hearing on the Budget 01-11-18

Article 1 – Operating Budget

The proposed operating budget for FY 2018-19 is $22,877,640.  That figure is higher than the current FY 2017-18 appropriations by $1,671,430, a proposed increase of 7.45%.  If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $22,786,190, which is $91,450 lower than the proposed.  In other words, the budget is rising in default by 7.45%, which is $255,935 and will rise an additional 0.43%, which is $91,450, by request of the proposed budget.  The total proposed budget represents an increase of 7.88%.

There are three primary drivers of the budget increase for 2018-19.  The budget needs to rise by $931,921 for debt service related to the Hampton Academy bond approved at last year’s Annual Meeting.  Special Education costs are rising in the proposed budget by $511,763 due to significant growth of the identified population being served.  Our previously approved collective bargaining agreements with the Hampton teachers (SEA) and paraprofessionals (SESPA) generate a budget impact of $208,485.  All other increases and decreases in the proposed budget net to $19,261.

 

 

The total cost of this article is $22,877,640.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Proposed 2018-19 Operating Budget

Article 2 – 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 a multi-phase replacement of the single-story roofs of Marston School, upgrades to building security at all three schools, and replacement of original classroom sinks and countertops at Centre and Marston Schools.  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 3 – School Resource Officer

School security has been a priority for the School Board over the past year.  As a result of their discussions, review of recent security assessments, and meetings with the Hampton Police Department, the School Board decided to advance a proposal to add a second School Resource Officer (SRO) to serve Centre School and Marston School.  The existing SRO visits the other schools but maintains primary focus on the Hampton Academy and its middle school population.  This second officer would be an employee of the Hampton PD, but salary, benefits, and payroll related expenses would be charged to the School District.  The School Board requests $100,000 to create this School Resource Officer position.

Total cost of this article is $100,000. 

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

 

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 $44,574 requested this year is $4,845 more 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 $44,574.

The School Board and Budget Committee both recommend this appropriation.

Citizen Petition for Child Benefit Services

 

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