2012-2013 School Budget

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Re: 2012-2013 School Budget

Postby andysinnh » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:54 pm

Hi, Everyone. Just a quick update from the budget committee.

Last evening we had our budget workshop session, where we reviewed the 2 warrant articles that had monetary impact (MESSA/support staff contract and the RF Elementary parking lot expansion) and then members had the opportunity to propose any changes to the operating budget. Overall, the 2 warrant articles were recommended by the majority of the BC members, and while there were several motions made to both add-to and subtract-from the overall operating budget, the committee ultimately ended up voting to not make any changes.

As such, the operating budget will be brought forward, with unanimous BC recommendation, "as-is" to the Budget Committee Public hearing next Tuesday, Feb 14th, at 7:30pm in the High School cafeteria. It's there that we'll go over our results and recommendations, and take input from the public. Both before and after the public hearing the BC will meet to review/recommend any petitioned warrant articles, and then make any final changes (if any) to the operating budget and ultimately vote/sign off on the budget to send to the Deiberative Session on 6-March.

FYI - the latest version of the warrant articles is always located at http://www.merrimack.k12.nh.us/budget.c ... age=332976 . As I write this note, the latest 2012 version is a draft which doesn't contain the latest introductory section on polling places, but the $$ amount on that DRAFT is accurate, so feel free to use that document to get a flavor of what the amounts are for each warrant. (note the MESSA contract savings in the operating budget for the 2012-2013 budget year (if passed) is $188K, not $181K as listed in that earlier DRAFT).

As a final note, I'd like to acknowledge the great work that both the School Board and School Administration has done, by handing the budget committee a proposed budget that was very refined and spending-optimized. Even after significant review with the departments, and budget scruitiny by the BC members, there wasn't much that we could find fault with, and I think that's reflected in the greatly reduced set of motions we had last evening as part of our work stream as compared to previous years. From experience, we know this won't ALWAYS be the case, as each year brings its unique set of challenges and needs that will likely result in more contentious bugdet reviews in the future. And as such the role of the budget committee still has significant overall value. But for the 2012-2013 budget, I think most everyone at all levels is very comfortable overall with what's being proposed.

As always, let us know if you have any questions, but also utilize the next-step events for the budget - the Public Hearing on the 14th, the Deliberative Session on 6-March, and the elections on April 10th.

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Re: 2012-2013 School Budget

Postby RayWhipple » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:58 am

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