Please vote YES on Article 1 – the 2019-20 Budget.
The budget is up 1.8% over last year’s budget. There are really no new programs being added to this year’s budget. The increase is mostly due to fewer state funds coming back to the district.
If the budget is not passed, then we must use the Default Budget and the district must cut almost $1.25 million. Nearly all of the students would be impacted if we don’t pass Article 1.
The default budget would mean having:
- 6 ½ fewer staff between the middle and high schools to support their needs.
The default budget would mean that students would lose access to enrichment opportunities:
- the Cornucopia program
- the New Hampshire Dance Institute
- funds for Advanced Placement (AP) testing
- funds for Running Start classes
- Summer programs at both the middle and high school
- 5th block enrichment classes at the high school and arts integration opportunities across the districts
The default budget would mean that the following athletic opportunities at the high school would be cut:
- both of our ice hockey teams
- golf team
- spirit teams
- Freshmen boys’ basketball team.
A default budget would be felt by nearly all of our students. Choosing what to eliminate in order to reach the default is a process that is both painful and one where we all lose.
Please vote YES on Article 2 – the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract and the CVEA was also overwhelmingly in support. The 2-year contract, appearing as Article 2 includes:
- salary and wage increases
- additional professional development for new teachers
- Increased employee contributions to medical insurance premiums in the 1st and 2nd year of the contract, which constitutes cost savings for the district.
Please Support Your Local Community. Vote on Election Day on Tuesday, March 12th.
Please attend our meeting on January 29th at 4:00 pm in the GBS Library.
We are working with the organization America Votes who will help us engage with our community and put together a campaign that encourages people to vote to approve our schools budget.
There will be a meeting for all members and potential members. Potentially at the Lucy Hurlin Theater.
We will have two meetings.
2:45 for Middle and High School Educators
4:30 for Elementary Educators.
In an effort to clarify recently released information, the CVEA would like to share the following timeline concerning the amount calculated for Warrant Article 3:
The Fact Finder’s report recommended that employees be placed on the hiring matrix according to their professional years of experience. The Fact Finder’s report was provided to the CVEA and the School Board Negotiating Team on December 26, 2017.
After receiving the School Board Negotiating Team’s cost of Warrant Article 3 on January 8, 2018, the CVEA asked for a copy of the worksheets used to determine how much the School Board Negotiating Team believed each employee would be paid. The School Board Negotiating Team had calculated the cost to implement the report using employees’ prior contract step placement instead of years of professional experience.
The School Board Negotiating Team initially refused to provide the requested worksheets. Only after the CVEA submitted an RSA 91-A (“Right to Know”) request, did the School Board Negotiating Team comply. This information was provided to the CVEA on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
By this time, the school district warrant had already been published in preparation for the deliberative session which took place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
The CVEA’s representative told the School Board Negotiating Team’s attorney prior to the deliberative session that the CVEA did not agree with their methodology for calculating the cost of the contract, and expressed concern that the amount the School Board Negotiating Team had published on the warrant might be insufficient to cover the actual cost. This concern is why the CVEA asked to see the employee-by-employee calculations prior to the deliberative session. The CVEA did not challenge the School Board Negotiating Team’s calculation at the deliberative session because, under New Hampshire law, there is no legal mechanism to amend a warrant article stating the cost of a collective bargaining agreement at a deliberative session.
After the voters approved the warrant article, the School Board Negotiating Team requested to interview Dr. Allan McCausland, the Fact Finder. During a phone conference, Dr. McCausland reiterated his words: “No returning teacher (SSP) shall have a salary less than the salary on the hiring matrix for newly hired teachers (SSPs) with the equivalent degree, credits, and experience.” (Fact Finder 5.3.1).
The ConVal Negotiation Team
Patrick R. Cogan, Linda Compton, Lori Groleau, Greg Leonard, Larry Bourgoine, Lise Lemieux, Michelle Hautanen, Patricia MacFarlane
There will be a meeting this Wednesday, April 11th starting at 4pm at the High School. (Room TBD) The meeting will be open to all. Only members will be allowed to vote on any possible changes of next year’s contract information. If you run into any issues or concerns around attending Wednesday’s meeting, please let Patrick Cogan know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.