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Wolfeboro: Wentworth Regional budget passes easily

WOLFEBORO - The proposed warrant and $47 million budget for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District sailed effortlessly through Saturday's deliberative session at Kingswood Arts Center.

About 50 voters attended the session. No changes were made to the seven warrant articles, the largest of which was the district's operating budget of $47,176,610. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14 reflects a $455,895 increase over last year's budget of $46,720,715. The district (SAU 49), includes schools in Wolfeboro, New Durham, Effingham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro and Brookfield.

In discussing the total proposed budget, board member Jack Widmer said the increase over last year is lower than the 2.1 percent rate of inflation.

Articles II through IV cover the cost of collective bargaining agreements and raises for 2015 and 2016. The dollar amounts to cover raises in 2016 are $32,813 for the district administrative team union ($31,299 for 2015); $85,903 for the support staff union ($84,219 for 2015); and $278,667 for the teachers union ($266,367 for 2015). The raises reflect a 2 percent increase in each of the next two fiscal years.

Article V seeks to establish a capital reserve fund with a deposit of $60,000 this year to cover the eventual need to replace the artificial turf on the athletic fields.

Article VI requests $150,000 for repairs and improvements to building and grounds at the Kingwood High and Middle schools, Lakes Region Technology Center, Kingwood Arts Center, Carpenter School, Crescent Lake School, Effingham Elementary School New Durham School, Ossipee Central School, Tuftonboro Central School and the SAU 49 transportation facility.

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