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Alton School District Deliberative Session is Saturday


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
January 29, 2014
ALTON — The Alton School District Deliberative Session will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. and a total of 17 warrant articles will be discussed.

Article 2 is to raise and appropriate $4,200,825 for the renovation at Alton Central School, with $3,917,200 coming through bonds or notes. The renovation will include a new six-classroom addition and a new centralized main office. The remaining funds for the project will come from various expendable trust accounts. This article requires a three-fifths vote to pass. The Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 6-0-1.

Article 3 is raise and appropriate $500,000 in bonds or notes for the repair of the roof at Prospect Mountain High School and a first-year bond payment of $9,750. This article is contingent on passing in both Alton and Barnstead. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 8-0, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 6-0, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 4-2. This article also requires a vote of three-fifths to pass.

Article 4 is to the fix the school board salaries as follows: moderator; $200 per meeting, clerk; $400 per meeting, treasurer, $2,200, chairman of the school board; $2,100, school board members; $2,000. These cost items are included in the operating budget. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 4-0 vote, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 5 is to raise and appropriate an operating budget of $13,425,029. If the article is defeated a default budget of $13,323,618 will be used or a special meeting can be held to address the operating budget only. The Alton School Board recommends $13,425,029 by a vote of 4-0, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends $13,425,029 by a vote of 5-1.

Article 6 is to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the Alton School District and the Alton Teachers' Association. The following increases are included in the new agreement: a $96,472 increase in salaries in benefits for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and a $95,599 increase in salaries in benefits for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 3-0 vote and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 7-0.

Article 7 is to hold a special district meeting if Article 6 fails to address cost items only.

Article 8 is to raise and appropriate $120,000 to be added to the existing buildings and grounds expendable trust. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 4-0 vote, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 9 is to add $10,000 to the Alton Professional Development Fund. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 4-0 vote, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 10 is to raise and appropriate $53,281.68 to be added to the Building and Grounds Expendable Trust Fund. This amount represents interest earned on bond proceeds transferred to the general fund on June 30 and no funds are to be raised from general taxation. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 4-0 vote, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 11 is to see if the school district will vote to authorize, indefinitely until rescinded to retain year-end unassigned general funds in any amount not to exceed, in any fiscal year, 2.5 percent of the current fiscal year's net assessment. Such fund balance retained may only be used to reduce the tax rate or for emergencies to be approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The Alton School Board recommends it by a 4-0 vote, and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 4-1.

Article 12 is to add $27,510 to be added to the Improvement of Instruction Capital Reserve Fund. Said sum represents 55.02 percent of the total monies; $50,000. It is contingent on passing in both Alton and Barnstead. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 8-0, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 5-1, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 2-1 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 13 is to establish a contingency fund for the unanticipated utilities that may arise at PMHS and add $40,189.67, or 55.02 percent of the total monies, to said fund totaling $73,045.57. The article is contingent on passing in both Alton and Barnstead. Any appropriation left in the fund at the end of the year will be proportionally returned to the district. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 8-0, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 6-0, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 14 is to establish a capital reserve fund for the purpose of future athletic field maintenance and to raise up to $10,000 to be placed in said fund totaling $20,000. This sum is to come from the fund balance of the Alton School District as of June 30 and available for transfer as of July 1, with no amount to be raise from new taxation. This article is contingent on passing in Alton and Barnstead. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 6-1-1, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 6-0, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 15 is to raise and appropriate $25,000 to be added to PMHS General Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund totaling $50,000. This article is contingent on passing in both Alton and Barnstead. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 6-1-1, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 6-0, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 5-0.

Article 16 is to raise and appropriate $75,000 to be added to the PMHS General Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund, totaling $150,000. Said sum is to come from the fund balance of the Alton School District as of June 30 and available for transfer as of July 1. It is contingent upon the receipt of revenue that PMHS receives prior to June 30. No amount is to be raised through new taxation. The article is contingent on passing in both Alton and Barnstead and each district appropriating and transferring their respective sum of money. The Joint Budget Committee recommends this article by a vote of 8-0, the JMA School Board recommends it by a vote of 6-0, the Alton School Board recommends it by a vote of 3-0 and the Alton Budget Committee recommends it by a vote of 7-0.

Article 17 is to hear reports of any committees, boards, trustees, commissions, officials, agents or concerned voters; and vote to accept the same. Furthermore, to conduct any other business that may legally come before said meeting.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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