Funding of positions highlights Barnstead School Warrant


March 15, 2011
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School District Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. at Barnstead Elementary School.

The following articles will be heard and voted on during the meeting:

Article 1: To hear the reports of auditors, committees or officers chosen and to pass any vote relating to.

Article 2: To determine and fix salaries of the school and compensation of any officers or agents of the district as follows: moderator $150 per meeting; clerk $150 per meeting; chairman of the school board $2,700; school board member $2,500 each; treasurer $600; truant officer $125; and supervisor of the checklist $100 each per meeting.

Article 3 and articles 5-15 are special warrant articles.

Article 3: To see if the school district will raise and appropriate the sum of $171,680 for the support of Barnstead Elementary School Lunch Program. This appropriation will be funded by a like amount of revenue from the sale of food and state and federal sources. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 4: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Building Maintenance Fund. This sum is to come from the fund balance and no amount will be raised from taxation. (Recommended by school board and budget committee)

Article 5: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 to the Underground Tank Replacement Fund. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 6: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $28,000 for the purpose of removing asbestos in BES and repair the abated area. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 7: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $33,000 for the purpose of replacing furniture in BES. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 8: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $27,500 for the purpose of purchasing technology equipment for BES. (Recommended by school board and budget committee)

Article 9: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 to establish a contingency fund under the provisions of RSA 198:4-b (BES Contingency Fund) to meet the cost of unanticipated utility expenses that may arise at BES during the fiscal year 2012. The school board is designated as the agent to expend from this fund. A detailed report of all expenditures will be made annually and published in the school board's annual report, and the remaining funds not used will be returned to the district. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 10: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $64,442 for the purpose of funding the in school enrichment program at BES. This article doesn't included appropriations voted in other warrant articles. (Recommended by school board and budget committee)

Article 11: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,039 for the purpose of funding a part-time music position at BES. This article doesn't include appropriations voted in other warrant articles. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 12: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $22,649 for the purpose of leasing property located at 96 Maple St., Center Barnstead. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 13: To see if the school district will vote to add to a non-capital, non-lapsing reserve fund known as the Improvement of Instruction Fund for the purpose of reimbursing teachers for the costs of professional development, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 from fiscal year 2011 fund balance (surplus) on July 1 from, which is 50 percent of the total monies of $30,000. The additional appropriation shall be contingent upon both Alton (50 percent) and Barnstead (50 percent) School Districts adopting the article and appropriating and transferring their respective sum of money. The Prospect Mountain High School Board is the designated agent to expend from the fund. A detailed report of all expenditures from the fund will me made annually by the schools board of Alton and Barnstead and published in their annual reports. (Recommended by PMHS and Barnstead school boards and budget committee). Alton voters turned this article down on March 8.

Article 14: To see if school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $35,283.49 to establish a contingency fund under the provisions of RSA 198:4-b to meet the cost of unanticipated utility expenses that may arise at PMHS during fiscal year 2012. Said sum represents 51.18 percent of the total monies, $68,940 (one percent of the general fund). Further, the additional appropriation is 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 board is designated as the agent to expend from this fund. A detailed report of all expenditures from this fund will be made annually by the school boards of Alton and Barnstead and published in their annual reports. The remaining funds not used will be returned to the district. (Recommended by PMHS and Barnstead school boards and budget committee). This article passed with Alton voters.

Article 15: 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 under the provisions of RSA 35:1-c known as the PMHS General Maintenance Fund. Said fund is be used for the purpose of meeting the cost of unanticipated general maintenance expenses that may arise at PMHS. Said sum represents 50 percent of the total monies, $40,000, and this appropriation is contingent upon both Alton (50 percent) and Barnstead (50 percent) school districts adopting this article and raising and appropriating their respective sum of money. PMHS board is designated as the agent to expend from this fund. A detailed report of all expenditures from the general maintenance capital reserve fund will be made annually by the schools board of Alton and Barnstead and published with their annual reports. (Recommended by PMHS and Barnstead school boards and budget committee). Alton voters also passed this article.

Article 16: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $13,800 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 is 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. (Recommended by PMHS and Barnstead school boards and not recommended by budget committee). Alton voters passed this article.

Article 17: To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate $10,798,559.31 (includes $3,480,254.33, the net appropriation for the PMHS operating budget) for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for the school district officials and agents, and for the payment for statutory obligations of the district. This sum doesn't include the appropriations voted in other warrant articles. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 18: To see if the school district will vote to create a SAU Services Study Committee to consider the options and or reorganization of SAU 86. Said committee will consist of two members of the Barnstead school board, appointed by the school board, one member of Barnstead budget committee, appointed by the budget committee, four public members appointed by the moderator, and the superintendent of schools, who will serve as a non-voting member of the committee. (Recommended by the school board).

Articles 19 and 20 were submitted by petition before the school board added articles 10 and 11 and were not able to be withdrawn on time.

Article 19 (petition warrant article): To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $64,441.98 for the purpose of funding a part-time enrichment program for reading and mathematics at BES. This article doesn't included appropriations voted in other warrant articles. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 20 (petition warrant article): To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,039.26 for the purpose of funding a part-time music positions at BES. This article doesn't include appropriations voted in other warrant articles. (Recommended by school board and budget committee).

Article 21 (petition warrant article): To see if the school district will close the previously established Barnstead Elementary Parking Lot Upgrade Capital Reserve Fund. Funds to be returned to reduce taxes. (Not recommended by school board and budget committee)

Article 22: To transact any other business which may legally come before this meeting.

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

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