LONDONDERRY — Residents will get to weigh in on the school district's proposed fiscal year 2020 budget numbers at an upcoming public hearing.
The hearing is Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at the town office complex.
Back in November, Superintendent Scott Laliberte offered a presentation on the proposed budget, saying the numbers were "fiscally responsible."
In meetings since, the school board has amended the budget numbers. More changes to help save the district money could be made at this week's meeting before reaching a final number to bring before voters.
In addition to the operating budget, the school warrant coming before voters in March could include several articles dealing with technology, maintenance and security.
Articles proposed include $150,000 for a maintenance trust fund and a request to set up a capital reserve fund for the district's technology infrastructure.
Another article that may come before voters is to ask for $92,000 to fund a new security director position. Business Administrator Peter Curro said at an earlier meeting that money has been approved in past years to support school security with cameras, video surveillance and door security, but now it's time to have someone to take on the responsibility of managing that security.
"This is an area that needs to be addressed," Curro said, adding there is a need for someone to be officially dedicated to the maintenance, updates and care of the district's security plans and equipment.
Laliberte said the proposed school budget is a chance for the Londonderry School District to take what it does well and build upon it.
"It's an opportunity to do that within our current structure," the superintendent said, "coming forward with ideas of different ways of doing things, to use resources we have."
Voters may also face a warrant article that deals with the former school administrative unit space adjoining the town offices off Mammoth Road.
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.
But the space was deemed aging, and possibly a health hazard to staff working there, due to outdated systems and air quality. The school district now leases space at 6A Kitty Hawk Landing for its administrative offices.
An article on the March ballot could ask voters to rescind that original 1984 agreement and return the former SAU space to town control.
Following the public hearing, voters will then have the opportunity to give more say on the proposed school budget and warrant articles at the annual deliberative session on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
Voting day is Tuesday, March 12 and polls will be open at the high school gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents will not only consider the budget and articles but will also choose a school board member, school district clerk, school district moderator and school district treasurer, all for three-year terms.