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Barnstead voters have lots to consider at annual School District Meeting


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
March 21, 2012
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School District Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School gymnasium, with a total of 18 warrant articles to be discussed.

Article 1 is to hear any reports from agents, auditors, committees of officers, and Article 2 is to fix the salaries of the school board officers and agents as follows: moderator, $150 per meeting; clerk, $150 per meeting; chairman of the school board, $2,700; school board members, $2,500; school treasurer, $600, truant officer, $125; and supervisors of the checklist, $125 per meeting.

Article 3 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $184,011 for the support of the BES Lunch Program. These monies will be funded by a like amount of revenue from the sale of food and state and federal sources. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 4 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $15,000 to be added to the previously established Underground Tank Replacement Fund. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 5 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $40,000 to be placed in the previously established reserve fund for the purpose of meeting the expenses of educating persons with disabilities. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 6 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $10,500 for the purpose of removing the asbestos in BES and repairing the abated area. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 7 is special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $40,000 to establish a contingency fund to meet the cost of unanticipated utility expenses that may arise at BES during the fiscal year 2013. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 8 is a special warrant article to see if the school district will approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Barnstead School Board and the Barnstead Education Support Team. The agreement calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing levels: $0 increase in 2012-2013 fiscal year, and a $1,637 increase in 2013-2014 fiscal year. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 9 is to authorize the school board to hold a special meeting to address cost items only if Article 8 is defeated. (Recommended by the school board)

Article 10 is a special warrant article to see if the school district will approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Barnstead School Board and the Barnstead Education Association. The agreement calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits: an increase of $3,853 during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and an increase of $55,071 during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. (Recommended by the school board, and not recommended by the budget committee)

Article 11 is to authorize the school board to hold a special meeting to address cost items only if Article 10 is defeated. (Recommended by the school board)

Article 12 is to see if the district will dissolve the BES expansion trust fund. Said funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the school district's general fund. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 13, contingent on Article 12 being approved, is to see if the district will raise and appropriate $300,280.38 and any accumulated interested to date be added to the previously established Building Maintenance Fund. The sum to come from June 30 fund balance available for transfer on July 1, and no amount is to be raised from taxation. (Recommended by the school board and the budget committee)

Article 14 is a special warrant article is to see if the district will add to the Improvement of Instruction Fund for the purpose of reimbursing Prospect Mountain High School teachers for the costs of professional development and to raise and appropriate $14,190 from fund balance. This sum represents 47.30 percent of the total monies, $30,000. The town of Alton approved adding $15,810, 52.70 percent of the monies to the fund. (Recommended by the school board, the budget committee, the joint budget committee by a vote of 8-0 and by the JMA Board by a vote of 9-0-1)

Article 15 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $32,635.82 to be added to a contingency fund to meet the cost of unanticipated utility expenses at PMHS during the fiscal year 2013. This sum represents 47.30 percent of the total monies, $67,997.51 and the town of Alton approved adding $36,361.69, 52.70 percent, to the fund. (Recommended by the school board, the budget committee, the joint budget committee by a vote of 8-0 and by the JMA Board by a vote of 9-0-1)

Article 16 is a special warrant article to see if the district will raise and appropriate $25,000 to be added to the PMHS General Maintenance Fund. This sum represents 50 percent of the total monies, $50,000, and the town of Alton approved adding $25,000 to said fund. (Recommended by the school board, the budget committee, the joint budget committee by a vote of 8-0 and by the JMA Board by a vote of 9-0-1)

Article 17 is to see if the district will raise and appropriate $10,802,738.39 for the support of schools, payment of salaries for the district officials and agents and payment of statutory obligations of the district (this amount includes $3,205,932.46 for net appropriation for the PMHS operating budget). The school board recommends $10,858,987.39. (The budget committee recommends the amount of $10,802,738.39 for this article)

Article 18 is to transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.

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

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