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Alton School District Deliberative Session set for Saturday


February 01, 2011
ALTON — The Alton School District will hold its deliberative session on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School. This is the only chance voters will have to make any changes to items before they appear on the ballot.

Voting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, on the following Warrant articles.

Article 1 is the election of school district officials and article two fixes the salaries for the officials. (Alton School Board recommends by 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by 6-0 vote)

Article 3: To see if the district will vote to raise and appropriate an operating budget, not including appropriations by special Warrant articles and other appropriations, totaling $12,9494,663. Should article be defeated, the default budget shall be $12,853,289. (Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 5-1 vote, Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote)

Article 4: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $150,000 to be added to the existing Building and Grounds Expendable Trust. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by 6-0 vote)

Article 5: To see if the school district will vote to establish a contingency fund to meet the cost of unanticipated utility expenses that may arise during the fiscal year 2012 at the Alton School District. The sum will be $60,000 and the Alton School Board is named as agents to expend from this fund. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 6: To see if the school district will vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached by between the district and the Alton Teachers' Association, which calls for an increase of $36,015 in salaries and benefits. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 5-0 vote)

Article 7: If Article 6 is defeated, the school district is authorized to call one special meeting to address cost items only. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote)

Article 8: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate up to $50,000 to be placed in the existing Building and Grounds Expendable Trust. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 9: A special warrant article to see if the school district will vote to create an expendable trust fund to be known as the Roof Expendable Trust for the purpose of repairing, replacing and maintaining roofs on school buildings. Furthermore, to raise and appropriate $135,000 toward this purpose and name the Alton School Board as agents to expend from the this fund. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a vote of 5-1)

Article 10: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to create an expendable trust fund to be known as Parking Lot Paving Expendable Trust for the purpose of repairing, replacing and maintaining parking lots on school properties. Furthermore, to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 toward this purpose and to name the Alton School Board as agents to expend from this fund. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee doesn't recommend by a 2-4 vote)

Article 11: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to create an expendable trust fund to be known as the Facilities Truck Expendable Trust for the purpose of replacing the school facilities truck and plow. Furthermore, to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 toward this purpose and to name the Alton School Board agents to expend from this fund. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 4-2 vote)

Article 12: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to and appropriate the sum of $30,000 to be added to the Bathroom Refurbishment Fund for the purpose of refurbishing the bathrooms at the Alton Central School. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 13: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 to be added to the Windows Replacement Fund for the purpose of replacing the windows at Alton Central School. (Alton School Board recommends by a vote of 5-0, Alton Budget Committee doesn't recommend by a vote of 3-3)

Article 14: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to establish a non-capital, non-lapsing reserve fund known as the "Alton Professional Development Fund" for the purpose of reimbursing teachers for the costs of professional development, and to raise and appropriate up to the sum of $20,000 from the June 30 unreserved Fiscal Year 2011 fund balance (surplus) available for transfer on July 1 of this year to be placed in the fund, and to designate the Alton School Board as agents to expend the fund. (Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a vote of 5-1)

Article 15: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to add a non-capital, non-lapsing reserve fund known as the "Improvement of Instruction Fund" to the purpose of reimbursing teachers for the cost of professional development and to raise and appropriate up to the sum of $15,000 from the June 30 unreserved Fiscal Year 2011 fund balance (surplus) available for transfter on July 1 of this year, which is 50 percent of the total monies of $30,000 and further that the additional appropriation shall be contingent upon both the Alton (50 percent) and Barnstead (50 percent) School Districts adopting the article and appropriating and transferring their respective sum of money. The PMHS School Board is the designated agent to expend from the fund. (Approved and recommended by Prospect Mountain School Board 9-0, Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 16: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $33,656.50 to establish a contingency fund to meet the unanticipated utility expenses that arise at PMHS during the Fiscal Year 2012, with said sum representing 48.2 percent of total monies, $68,940, one percent percent of the General Fund, further that this appropriation shall be contingent upon both the Alton (48.82 percent) and Barnstead (51.18 percent) School Districts adopting this article and raising and appropriating their respective sum of money. The PMHS School Board is designated as the agent to expend from this contingency fund. (Approved and recommended by Prospect Mountain School Board 9-0, Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 17: A special Warrant article to see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to a non-lapsing capital reserve fund known as the Prospect Mountain High School General Maintenance Fund, with said fund to be used for the purpose of meeting the cost of unanticipated general maintenance expenses that may arise at PMHS. Said sum is representing 50 percent of the total monies, $40,000, and this appropriation shall be contingent upon both Alton (50 percent) and Barnstead (50 percent) School Districts adopting this article and raising and appropriating their respective sum of money. The PMHS School Board is designated as the agent to expend from the fund. (Approved and recommended by Prospect Mountain School Board 9-0, Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 6-0 vote)

Article 18: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate up to the sum of $13,8000 to fund a Wind Power Feasibility Study of the high school property. Said sum represents 50 percent of the total monies, $27,600 and this appropriation shall be contingent upon both the Alton (50 percent) and Barnstead (50 percent) School Districts adopting this article and raising and appropriating their respective sum of money. (Prospect Mountain School Board recommends by an 8-1 vote, Alton School Board recommends by a 5-0 vote, Alton Budget Committee recommends by a 4-0 vote)

Article 19: 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.

The snow date for the Deliberative Session is Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

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

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