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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

School District 2015-2016 Budget

It is available on the SAU website. The final proposed budget can be found here, and the ABC School District Budget Report can be found here.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement with the teacher's union will add $128, 842 to the budget bottom line (if approved at the annual meeting ) from $14,004,254  to $14,133,096 or a decrease of 0.09% over the prior budget year.
I have been unable to find the 2015 School District warrant on the SAU website.


Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

2015 school warrant:


Anonymous said...

Joe, thank you for posting the link to the School Warrant.

Article 1, asks voters to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and school staff for an additional $128,842 for teacher and staff raises and benefits.

What am I missing? With student population declining and few teachers and staff needed, shouldn't salaries and benefits be going down not up? Could someone please explain?

Anonymous said...

Unions run the school, not others.

Jim Hathaway said...

So let me get this logic straight.
The Town Employees that get a raise are running the town budget even though they are not in any union.

So either a union or not union - the employees are running the town budgets.

Put the drink down the next time you post.

Josh Bartlett said...

If I read the post correctly, it seems that there is a slight increase, not a decrease, if the new contract is approved.

Anonymous said...

$128,842 increase is for teachers and school staff only. Seems like a lot.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...


Advisory Budget Committee Report

Has anyone tried to read this, all the away through?


page 5: Conclusion:
"... the major issue facing this School District is the continued decline of student enrollment."

So everyone get pregnant!

"... have a serious impact
on Moultonborough’s ability to continue (under its present mode of operation) to provide excellent educational
opportunities ..."

So less kids, mean teachers get dumber!

"The ABC believes this is a Town-wide issue. This Committee believes enrollment level and related projections for the foreseeable future have hit a
critical level."

Critical to what? Less money for schools? More money, due to less kids?

It's more than a MoBo phenomenon.

Maybe an ... OFFICIAL ... Budget Committee, would spend time on numbers ... not opinion!

NOT From ABC report:

"Enrollment in grades 9–12 ... is projected to decrease by more than 10 percent in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Michigan."


This is an ADVISORY committee to the BoS. Maybe, the BoS aren't bright enough, to deduce their own opinions!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I understand school enrollment and teacher/staff numbers are declining. What I don't understand is the reason for the $128,842 increase for teacher/staff salaries, healthcare and pension benefits? Since the public is not privy to these closed door union contract negotiations I can only surmise whoever did the negotiating, I believe it was the School Board, did a poor job of looking out for the taxpayers.

If there's another reason I'd like to hear it.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe contract negotiations don't fall under the Right to Know law. They should be open to the public.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

The negotiations should be secret till agreement is reached.

Once contract is signed, then public knowledge. It is a bargaining process, done by agents of the parties.


2010-2012 MoBo contract:


An old contract summary:


Anonymous said...

Why should the negotiations be a secret? That's crazy! Where I live negotiations are held in public and it isn't even considered to try and hold them secretly. They only hold them in private because you allow it.

JoeCormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

"Where I live negotiations are held in public ..."

Where do you live!

"Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Wisconsin all require collective bargaining to take place outside the watchful eyes of elected officials and the news media's watchful eyes."


Anonymous said...

Not in one of the 11 states you mentioned 😛.

I am pro public education, but at some point you have to make concessions. How can a school reasonably expect taxpayer support with classes of ten or less students? It does a disservice to students by not consolidating with another district. Yes, it will be inconvenient, but the benefits to the students would be huge.