Shall the Pelham School District vote to raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth herein, totaling Thirty-Two Million, Seventy-Seven Thousand, Four Hundred Sixty-Four dollars ($32,077,464)? Should the article be defeated, the default budget shall be Thirty-One Million, Four Hundred Forty-Six Thousand, Three Hundred Eighty-Three dollars ($31,446,383), which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Pelham School District or by law; or the School Board may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13 X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only. (Majority vote required).
Recommended by the School Board
Recommended by the Budget Committee
EXPLANATION: The School Board is requesting the voters to fund the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 in the amount of amount of $ 32,077,464; an increase of approximately 3% over the current year. Our goal as a school district is to maintain a fiscally responsible budget while still achieving the school district goals.
A new roof for Pelham Elementary School is proposed at a cost of $350,000, 1.1% of the 3% budget increase. The current roof is 15 years old and showing signs of wear indicating the end of its useful life. A further 0.7% reflects increases to non-discretionary items such as contractual obligations, transportation, benefits and energy costs. Discretionary spending remained virtually unchanged, reflecting District efforts to manage costs in areas such as school supplies, technology and printing.
The Special Education budget increased by $365,475 or 1.2%. The services are required by law and if under budgeted would have to be funded from the general budget, potentially causing shortfalls in the regular education budget. To protect taxpayers in the event of Special Education over budgeting, the School Board has implemented a policy which automatically returns unspent funds in the Special Education budget to the taxpayer if the Board takes no action.