Operating budgets, warrant articles, and citizen requests all make up community town and school district ballots this year.
Residents in area towns will get more details about how towns and school districts hope to spend money to maintain services, personnel and facilities at upcoming deliberative sessions.
In Londonderry, the town is proposing a $37.6 million operating budget along with a list of warrant articles dealing with various town programs and projects.
The town deliberative session is Feb. 8, 9 a.m. at Londonderry High School.
The list of articles includes $265,553 to be received from the state, highway grant money, to use for reconstruction projects in Londonderry; $650,000 to be placed in the Roadway Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund; $28,000 for geographic information systems capital reserve fund.
Another article supports the expansion of the Pillsbury Cemetery, asking voters to approve $75,000 to be placed in a cemetery capital fund and another asks voters to approve $265,000 to pave the Town Hall parking lot, with funding to be taken from the town's unassigned fund balance with no tax impact to voters.
There are also five union contracts on the town's warrant.
On the school district side, Londonderry residents will get more information on a proposed $78.8 million fiscal year 2021 operating budget as well as a list of warrant articles dealing with technology, school building maintenance, asbestos removal, and union contracts at its deliberative session Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at the high school.
One article is for $3,1 million for the district's school lunch program and other federal projects that, if approved, would have no tax impact to residents. Another article, amended by the board, reduced the amount for a special article on the School Buildings Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund from a proposed $650,000 down to $600,000.
An article also asks voters to place $150,000 in a Equipment Capital Reserve Fund to use for essential small equipment for classrooms, offices, technology and buildings and grounds. Other articles deal with technology, asbestos removal at a cost of $150,000 and two union contracts with Londonderry custodians AFSCME Local 1801 and Londonderry support staff.
In Derry, residents will also hear about the school district's proposed $92 million school budget at its deliberative session on Feb. 8 at West Running Brook Middle School. That number includes the self-funded food service program and other federal programs.
The budget number shows an increase of about $4.4 million over the current budget.
One major budget addition is a plan to add a full-day, tuition-free kindergarten program in the district. Right now, Derry offers a free half-day program for its kindergarten students. For a full-day, tuition is charged.
Other budget highlights include adding staff for various jobs including reading assistants, special education teachers, a computer technician, additional secretarial hours and for the full-day kindergarten plan, five special education assistants, five kindergarten education assistants, and five kindergarten teachers.
Staff reductions include one elementary teacher and one special education facilitator. The district’s transportation contract rate also went up 3%, an increase of $201,064.51. Two additional special education buses are included in the budget.
The school warrant not only includes the proposed budget, but also an article dealing with a collective bargaining agreement reached between the school board and the district’s food service staff, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1445.
At its town deliberative session Feb. 8, 9 a.m., Windham residents will hear more about the town's proposed $16 million operating budget and a long list of warrant articles dealing with historical renovation at the Searles Chapel and School, money to support water line construction, fire department vehicle lease programs, police station roof repairs, and money to support Phase I of the Town Common Beautification project.
The Windham town warrant also includes several union contracts.
On the school side, the Windham School Board proposes a $54 million operating budget along with articles dealing with union contracts, $100,00 to be added to a special education capital reserve fund and up to $250,000 to add to a Capital Needs and Building and Grounds Maintenance Fund. The school deliberative session is Feb. 7, 7 p.m., also at the high school.
Voting day is Tuesday, March 10. Polls are open in Derry and Windham, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in Londonderry, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Londonderry — The school district deliberative session is Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Londonderry High School cafeteria. The town deliberative session is Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m., Londonderry High School Cafeteria.
Derry — School deliberative session is Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at West Running Brook Middle School cafeteria.
Windham — The school district deliberative session is Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at Windham High School. The town deliberative session is Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. also at Windham High School.