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.