Warrant for the Fall Mountain Regional School District

The following Warrant will be voted on on March 13, 2018 along with the town warrant. Voters will also be voting for School Board Representatives. Candidates are listed here:

At-Large (One Seat-3 Year Term)

Michael Herrington

Jamie Teague

Walpole (One Seat-3 Year Term)

William Stahl

District Moderator (One Seat-1 Year Term)

Leroy Watson

State of New Hampshire Warrant for the Annual Meeting Fall Mountain Regional School District

Article 1 – Shall the Fall Mountain Regional School District 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 or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $30,292,413? Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $30,292,413, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Fall Mountain Regional School District or by law; or the governing body 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.) The Fall Mountain School Board does not recommend this article.

Information on Warrant #1: This article funds the operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year, but does not include appropriations for any other article. The Finance Committee and Administration has developed a fiscally responsible budget that meets the needs of the District and maintains the programs currently in place. This leadership team in developing the proposed budget made a number of tough decisions.

The projected tax impact for the updated budget amount (as presently built) is as follows:

TOWN

2017/2018 Combined School Tax Rate

2018/2019 Estimated School Tax Rate

Increase/ (Decrease)

Estimated Change on a Property Assessed at $100,000

Acworth

$14.01

$13.68

($0.33)

($33.31)

Alstead

$17.09

$18.04

$0.95

$95.00

Charlestown

$24.80

$25.93

$1.13

$113.43

Langdon

$21.85

$20.82

($1.03)

($102.87)

Walpole

$14.94

$14.54

($0.40)

($40.26)

A complete line-by-line general budget breakdown report can be found on the district’s website at http://www.sau60.org and in the Annual Report booklet.

Article 2 – Shall the Fall Mountain Regional School District vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Fall Mountain Regional School Board and the Fall Mountain Teachers’ Association, which calls for the following increases in wages and benefits at the current staffing levels:

Year Estimated Increase

2018-19 $ 182,045, 2019-20 $ 194,779, 2020-21 $ 199,335

and further to raise and appropriate the sum of $182,045 for the 2018-19 fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in wages and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels in accordance with the most recent collective bargaining agreement? (Note: Health and Dental care premium increases are included in the main budget proposal The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #2: This article would fund a three-year labor contract between the school board and the teacher’s association. This agreement funds an average wage increase of 2.1% for all members of the association plus related benefits costs and concessions on other contracted costs for a total budget impact of $182,045 in Fiscal Year 2018-19.

The projected tax impact for this article is as follows and this amount is in addition to the tax ramifications stated in Article 1:

Article 3 – Shall the Fall Mountain Regional School District vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $0 for the 2018-19 fiscal year to form a middle school research committee to explore a plan to build a Fall Mountain Regional Middle School? The committee will research the benefits and drawbacks, both educationally and financially, of a regional middle school and report their findings to the school board not later than November 19, 2018. The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #3: The Fall Mountain Regional School District Capital Improvements Plan, which was recently adopted by the School Board, includes the construction of a new regional middle school for the District. This committee will research the benefits and drawbacks of moving forward with this project. The funding will allow them to consult with educators and architects to look and the educational benefits of a regional middle school as well as develop a few simple conceptual drawings of what a building might look like. They will be able to look at building costs and operational savings and report all of this to the board.

The projected tax impact for this article is as follows and this amount is in addition to the tax ramifications stated in Article 1:

Article 4 – Shall the Acworth voters vote to appropriate $7,800 to replace an exterior door and recarpet the hallway at the Acworth Center School, with said funds to come from the Acworth Elementary Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #4: This article will fund the capital projects included in the District Capital Improvements Plan for the Acworth Center School in the amount of $7,800 from the Acworth Elementary Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The June 30, 2017 balance of the Acworth Elementary Capital Reserve Fund was $12,676.67. Note: Per

Town

Projected Tax Rate Increases

Acworth

$0.12

Alstead

$0.17

Charlestown

$0.29

Langdon

$0.17

Walpole

$0.12

Town

Projected Tax Rate Increases

Acworth

$0.00

Alstead

$0.00

Charlestown

$0.00

Langdon

$0.00

Walpole

$0.00

Article 18 of the District’s Articles of Agreement, the cost of such expenditure will be apportioned exclusively to the residents of Acworth and the warrant article will be passed or defeated on the basis of votes tallied in the Town of Acworth.

Article 5 – Shall the Alstead voters vote to appropriate $103,265 to abate asbestos, restore ceilings and floors after asbestos abatement, repoint the chimney and replace the roof on the outback at Vilas Middle School, with said funds to come from the Alstead Elementary Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #5: This article will fund the capital projects included in the District Capital Improvements Plan for the Vilas Middle School in the amount of $103,265 from the Alstead Elementary Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The June 30, 2017 balance of the Alstead Elementary Capital Reserve Fund was $170,645.41. Note: Per Article 18 of the District’s Articles of Agreement, the cost of such expenditure will be apportioned exclusively to the residents of Alstead and the warrant article will be passed or defeated on the basis of votes tallied in the Town of Alstead.

Article 6 – Shall the Charlestown voters vote to appropriate $166,500 to convert the boiler to propane and remove the buried oil tanks at the Charlestown Middle School, Replace the roof on the multi-purpose room, complete phase 1 of an asbestos abatement project and replace the catch basin at the Charlestown Primary School, and replace classroom flooring at the North Charlestown School with said funds to come from the Charlestown Elementary Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #6: This article will fund the capital projects included in the District Capital Improvements Plan for Charlestown area schools with funding from the Charlestown Elementary Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The November 30, 2017 balance of the Charlestown Elementary Capital Reserve Fund was $171,496.12. Note: Per Article 18 of the District’s Articles of Agreement, the cost of such expenditure will be apportioned exclusively to the residents of Charlestown and the warrant article will be passed or defeated on the basis of votes tallied in the Town of Charlestown.

Article 7 – Shall the Langdon voters vote to appropriate $10,100 to remove asbestos and repair the floor at the Sarah Porter School with said funds to come from the Langdon Elementary Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #7: This article will fund the capital projects included in the District Capital Improvements Plan for Sarah Porter School with funding from the Langdon Elementary Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The June 30, 2017 balance of Langdon Elementary Capital Reserve Fund was $15,956.87. Note: Per Article 18 of the District’s Articles of Agreement, the cost of such expenditure will be apportioned exclusively to the residents of Langdon and the warrant article will be passed or defeated on the basis of votes tallied in the Town of Langdon.

Article 8 – Shall the Walpole voters vote to appropriate $135,700 to replace lockers and classroom doors at Walpole elementary School, replace the roof on the Walpole Primary School, and replace the roof of the North Walpole School gym, with said funds to come from the Walpole Elementary Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #8: This article will fund the capital projects included in the District Capital Improvements Plan for the Walpole Schools with funding from the Walpole Elementary Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The June 30, 2017 balance of the Walpole Elementary Capital Reserve Fund was $204,834.01 Note: Per Article 18 of the District’s Articles of Agreement, the cost of such expenditure will be apportioned exclusively to the residents of Walpole and the warrant article will be passed or defeated on the basis of votes tallied in the Town of Walpole.

Article 9 – Shall the District vote to appropriate $99,800 to update restrooms for ADA compliance – phase 1, asbestos abatement and ceiling & floor replacements at the Fall Mountain Regional High School, with said funds to come from the High School Capital Reserve Fund? The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #9: This article will fund the capital projects listed from the Fall Mountain Regional High School Capital Reserve Fund. This is a tax neutral article utilizing capital reserves and will not increase the tax rates. The November 30, 2017 balance of the Fall Mountain Regional High School Capital Reserve Fund was $291,903.85.

Article 10 – Shall the District vote to appropriate up to $500,000 in the district’s capital reserve funds with the breakdown as follows: 3.60% up to $18,000 to be added to the Acworth Capital Reserve Fund; 7.79% up to $38,950 to be added to the Alstead Capital Reserve Fund; 17.92% up to $89,600 to be added to the Charlestown Capital Reserve Fund; 3.36% up to $16,800 to be added to the Langdon Capital Reserve Fund; 17.33% up to $86,650 to be added to the Walpole Capital Reserve Fund and 50% for up to $250,000 to be placed in the High School Capital Reserve Fund, with said funds to come solely from any year-end unassigned general fund balance? These funds are to be held by Trustees of Trust Funds in the respective towns and no withdrawals shall be made without consent of the voters. The Fall Mountain School Board recommends this article.

Information on Warrant #10: This article adds funds to the capital reserve funds created for this purpose and will fund for future capital needs for all District building. The amounts included in this warrant article will support future projects included in the Fall Mountain Regional School District Capital Improvements Plan adopted by the School Board and will only be transferred if there is an available fund balance at the end of the fiscal year.

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