On the evening of January 14, 2014, in the KHS Auditorium, the Keene School Board of Education led a Public Hearing to discuss the six articles which would be present on the warrant to be voted on in March. You still have an opportunity to express your opinion and ask questions! Join the discussion and add comments.
Bond, Budget, & Warrant 2014/2015 Public Hearing
Shall the District raise and appropriate the sum of $12,850,000 for renovations and alterations at the elementary schools of the District; with such sum to be raised through the issuance of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33); and to authorize the Board of Education to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest on the bonds or notes; and to raise and appropriate an additional sum of $332,494 for the first year’s interest payment on the bond?
(Note: This appropriation is in addition to Article 2, the operating budget article. Approval of this article will require a 3/5ths ballot vote at the second session. The Board of Education recommends a “yes” vote upon this question.)
At the Public Hearing in January and First Session in February, there will be a lot of talk about the number of "tutors" Keene School District will employ for 2014-2015.
Shall the District approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Board of Education and the Keene Education Association (KEA), and accordingly shall the District raise and appropriate the sum of $530,470, such amount required to fund in fiscal year 2014-2015 the increased costs of such new agreement over the funds that would be paid at current staffing levels in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement? At current staffing levels, the increased cost of the new agreement for its term of four years is estimated to be $536, 300 in 2015-2016; $541,526 in 2016-2017; and $668,343 in 2017-2018.
(Note: This appropriation is in addition to Article 2, the operating budget article. The Board of Education recommends a “yes” vote upon this question.)