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School district warrant articles reviewed

January 13, 2011
WOLFEBORO — In addition to the proposed operating budget, voters in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District will be asked to consider four other warrant articles in March.

[Editor's Note: the 12.99 percent increase cited in last week's article on the district operating budget is not an increase in the school's operating budget itself, which is increasing 5.57 percent. Rather it is an estimate of the rise in the assessment by the school district that shows up in the property tax rates for the six member towns. The assessment will be higher this year than last because the district voted to use a surplus of $3.353 million last year to reduce the assessment that year.]

At their Jan. 3 meeting, after final adoption of the proposed budget (Article V), the school board members adopted the Warrant for 2011-12. Depending on how Article V is received. this year's deliberative session could be a quick and quiet event with no hot-button topics to be discussed.

The remaining four articles on the warrant are as follows:

Article 1: To choose school district officers

Three seats are up for election this year; Residents will be voting for a school board member from Brookfield as well as Wolfeboro, in addition to a school board member-at-large. Since the filing dates for school board positions does not open until Jan. 19, it is unknown whether or not current members James Manning (Brookfield rep.) Stacy Trites (Wolfeboro rep.) or Charlene Seibel (member-at-large) will be running to keep their seats on the board.

Article II:

The school board is recommending that voters approve and raise an estimated $64,235 to cover an increase in salaries and benefits included in the collective bargaining agreement that was reached between the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board and the Governor Wentworth Support Staff Association (GWSSA). The amount is attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits at the current staffing levels in accordance with the most recent collective bargaining agreement.

A separate article (Article III) becomes applicable only if Article II is defeated. It asks that, if Article II is voted down, the governing body be authorized to call a special meeting to address the cost items associated with the GWSSA settlement.

Article IV:

As in years prior the board will be asking to raise $150,000 for repairs and improvements to be made on any of the district's buildings/grounds throughout the year. This annual article was reduced last year by $50,000 from $200,000.

Learn more about each of these articles at the district's annual Deliberative Session scheduled for Saturday morning, Feb. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Kingswood Arts Center.

The board's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday evening, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at Crescent Lake School.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord & Osman
Alton School
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