ConVal operating budget proposal of $53 million is up $1 million

  • ConVal High School.  Benji Rosen

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/12/2022 12:04:16 PM
Modified: 1/12/2022 12:03:24 PM

The proposed ConVal $53 million operating budget for next fiscal year is up $1 million, or 2.11%, a figure that Budget and Property Committee Chair Jim Frederickson characterized as being in line with expectations. 

“That basically matches the guidelines we gave Kimberly,” he said during a School Board public hearing on the budget Tuesday night, referring to the guidance the board provided to Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders in the early stages of crafting the budget.

According to Frederickson, the primary components of the budget are salaries, wages and benefits, which make up about 75% of the cost. Other large contributors included about $700,000 to expand pre-kindergarten from five to eight classrooms, as well as a 3% increase for the second year of the district’s negotiated contract for busing. 

Additionally, he said the proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement that was tentatively reached in December would not be included in the proposed budget, but rather would be voted on by the district as the second warrant article. The agreement, which was not in writing at the time of its announcement, includes step salary increases, salary enhancements for special service providers with a professional license and New Hampshire Department of Education certification and an increase from 187 to 188 contracted days for teachers and special service providers.

No members of the public were at the hearing, so there were no audience questions, although Frederickson invited members of the public who were watching on the livestream or potentially viewing the recorded meeting after the fact to prepare any questions they might have for the Jan. 25 community forum.

“I cannot emphasize enough, we value your participation in the community forum,” he said. “We want your involvement.”

The community forum will focus o the proposed budget. 

“It may be a little bit educational,” Frederickson said. “We’re going to try to walk you through all of that so when you do vote, you can make an informed decision.” 

After the community forum, the district’s deliberative session will be held on Feb. 8, followed by the final vote on March 8.


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