HAMPTON — Superintendent Dr. Lois Costa would like to share information about the proposed operating budget for the Hampton School District.
A deliberative session is being held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Academy gymnasium regarding the proposed budget and other district warrant articles. The session, initially planned for Tuesday, was postponed due to inclement weather.
Tonight’s deliberative session, which provides residents the opportunity to learn more about the warrant articles, ask questions, debate and propose potential amendments, will also be broadcast live on the district’s YouTube Channel. To visit the channel, click here.
The proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 budget is $24,400,670, which amounts to a 0.64% increase from the default budget. To view the proposed budget, click here.
The proposed budget would result in an increase of $0.16 per $1,000 of assessed property value on town property tax bills.
Should voters not approve this budget, the default budget is$24,249,206, which is equal to the current year’s budget, with adjustments required by previous actions of the district or law.
During the deliberative session, residents also will learn about the warrant article two, the proposed collective bargaining agreement between the Hampton School Board and the Seacoast Educational Association which, if approved, would give educators in the district their first raise in two years.
Warrant article three asks residents to allocate $300,000 to continue long term maintenance, repair and modernization work at the Marston and Centre Schools. The district proposes annual allocations to preserve the buildings to ultimately protect taxpayer investment in the properties, and upgrade funds for the 2021-2022 year would cover include improvements to support compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act district wide, as well as phased LED lighting upgrades and HVAC work.
Warrant article four asks residents to allocate $69,542 to support child benefit services for students who reside in Hampton and attend the Sacred Heart School.
Full descriptions of the warrant articles can be found by visiting the district’s website here.
Voting on the warrant articles will take place on Tuesday, March 9 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Winnecunnet High School dining hall.