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February 4, 2013

N.H. deliberative sessions wind down this week


The $20-year bond article only calls for spending $369,682 on Haigh and the remainder on the two other schools. The $369,682 would fund basic improvements needed to maintain the building in case it does close.

The second article, requesting $805,237 in additional bond money for Haigh, is automatically defeated unless at least 60 percent of voters support the 20-year bond. The citizens petition article, requesting $679,000 for a multipurpose room at Soule, would also be voided if the bond fails.

Another warrant article requests $72,232 to fund a one-year, 1.25 percent pay raise for the 188 members of the Salem Educational Support Personnel Association. The union represents school aides.

Voters will also be asked to approve an operating budget of $62,247, 816. If defeated, a default budget of $62,390,591 would take effect.

If all warrant articles and the multipurpose room are approved by voters March 12, the school portion of the tax rate would increase 3 percent — or 38 cents per $1,000. It is now $12.47 per $1,000. The multipurpose room accounts for nearly half of that increase.

Pay raises on Sanborn ballot

Voters in the Sanborn Regional School District will consider pay increases for teachers and support staff at the deliberative session Wednesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Sanborn Regional High School auditorium.

The proposed teachers contract calls for overall increases of $519,167 for 2013-2014, $459,466 for 2014-2015 and $529,314 for 2015-2016. The increases were recommended by the School Board and Budget Committee.

The support staff contract seeks increases of $99,495 for 2013-2014 and $74,973 for 2014-2015. They increases are recommended by the School Board and Budget Committee.

Voters will also be asked to consider an operating budget of $31,586,769. If defeated, a default budget of $31,519,733 would be enacted.

Timberlane voters mull contracts, budget

Timberlane Regional School District voters will meet in deliberative session at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road.

Up for debate is a proposed three-year teachers’ contract, which has teachers getting a 1.5 percent salary bump for the 2013-2014 school year.

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