LONDONDERRY —Residents will have a chance to hear details on not only the school district's proposed budget, but also a list of warrant articles dealing with technology, security and what to do with the old administration space.
The annual school deliberative session is at at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Londonderry High School cafeteria. Residents will be able to discuss and make amendments to the budget numbers and warrant articles at this session.
The school board and district officials presented the proposed fiscal 2020 budget number during a public hearing — a $74,316,200 general fund operating plan that, if approved by voters at the polls, would address not only general education needs in the district, but would also include money to support special education and building and grounds.
Through many weeks of budget workshops and changes, the board eventually approved an amended operating budget number at the recent hearing, shaving about $133,000 off a previous total of $74,449,700.
The school warrant not only includes the general operating budget, but also several warrant articles including one for $150,000 for a equipment capital reserve fund, and a request to set up a capital reserve fund for the district’s technology infrastructure.
An original warrant article request for $500,000 to be placed in a new technology network infrastructure capital reserve fund, was amended down to $275,000 at the January public hearing.
Another article to come before voters is to ask for $92,000 to fund a new security systems technician position. The title of this job was changed from the original “security manager” position, Curro said, adding there had been some public confusion as to what this job would entail.
Building and grounds director Chuck Zappala said at an earlier meeting the position is not a school resource officer, or any armed personnel that would be on school grounds. It’s a job to manage the district’s security systems and supervise upgrades when needed.
Another article will ask voters to approve the transfer of the former school administration office back to the town of Londonderry.
In March 1984, voters approved a warrant article to spend $235,000 or any other amount, for the construction and equipping of a new SAU office, adjacent to the town offices on town-owned property.
The administration offices are now located on Kitty Hawk Landing. The new article will ask voters to rescind that agreement.
The warrant also includes two collective bargaining agreements between the school district and the Londonderry Education Association and another article dealing with a contract with the Londonderry Association of Allied Health Professionals.
Voters will cast ballots on the budget on March 12. In addition, residents will also choose a school board member, school district clerk, school district moderator and school district treasurer, all for three-year terms.