ConVal releases warrant in advance of deliberative session

  • Voters had the opportunity to speak on proposed warrants at the deliberative session for the ConVal School District Tuesday night. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/27/2021 4:36:44 PM

ConVal released its warrant in advance of the school district’s deliberative session scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at ConVal High School at 6 p.m. The School Board recommends articles 1, 2, and 4 through 9.

Article 1 asks voters to approve an operating budget of $52,583,177. If voters reject it, the school’s default budget will be set at $51,065,984.

Article 2 asks voters to approve the costs associated with the 2021-22 collective bargaining agreement that the School Board reached with the ConVal Education Association, which increases the cost in salaries and benefits $847,899.

Article 3 asks voters to authorize the School Board to organize a special meeting to address if Article 2 doesn’t pass, at which point the Board can decide what to do about the teacher’s contract for the coming year.

Article 4 asks voters to transfer $100,000 to the Special Education Reserve Trust Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes.

Article 5 asks voters to transfer $300,000 to the Building Capital Reserve Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes.

Article 6 asks voters to transfer $25,000 to the Energy Trust Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes.

Article 7 asks voters to transfer $50,000 to the Equipment Trust Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes.

Article 8 asks voters to transfer $25,000 to the Athletic Trust Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes.

Article 9 asks voters to transfer $200,000 to the Building Capital Reserve Fund from the available fund balance on June 30, 2021, with no amount coming from taxes. This transfer would occur in addition to the one in Article 5 if Article 5 passes.

Article 10 asks voters to accept reports from agents, auditors, committees, and officers.

Article 11 asks voters to appoint salaries for the School Board Chair and members, the treasurer, and moderator.

Article 12 asks voters to agree to retain year-end unassigned general funds totaling no more than five percent of the current fiscal year’s net assessment, starting in the year 2022-2023. The retained funds would only be expended after conducting a public hearing.

Article 13 asks voters to choose school board members, one apiece from Bennington, Greenfield, Peterborough, and Temple, each for a three-year term.

Attending voters can deliberate and amend articles so long as the wording that’s prescribed by law stays the same, and the subject matter of the article stays intact.

The snow date for the deliberative session is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.




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