Home » News » Politics » Town Meetings
Moultonborough passes all school, town warrants
Based on ballot voting, 294 residents attended the school district meeting, and approximately 228 cast ballots during the town meeting portion.
At the school district meeting, an amendment from Brian Eaton to return $127,000 to the school district budget to cover proposed reduction in hours for music, art and physical education garnered discussion but failed. Eaton, in the amendment seconded by Mary Campbell, sought to add the money to the district's proposed $13,996,950 budget. Several residents who spoke in favor of the amendment said students who engage in music and arts have higher test scores.
Campbell questioned whether the declining school enrollment, noted at 50 less students this year at the Central School, translates into declining enrollment in the school's band program. While school officials didn't have a number at hand, Campbell said she did not believe band enrollment has declined. She said teaching a child a musical instrument has been shown to increase test scores in math and English.
One parent opposed the amendment, saying that the school already has a high per-pupil cost that rivals that of private schools. "If we can't provide these kids with the education they need with [a budget of] $20,000 per kid, per year, then we have major issues here at the school," he said.
After additional discussion, the amendment was defeated in a show of voting cards 141 against to 127 in favor. And in a secret ballot vote, the budget was approved 256-38.
Other warrant articles on the school district budget passed, including: a request to authorize and school board to contract with an independent auditing firm for a fiscal year audit; a request to add $50,000 to the special education expendable trust fund (no amount raised by taxation); and an article that would authorize the school district to retain a year-end unassigned general fund not to exceed 2.5 percent of the current fiscal year's net assessment. The fund would be used as an emergency fund.
At the town meeting, voters approved all 22 special warrant articles on the ballot.
Article 27, requesting $45,000 to survey, plan and design sidewalks in Moultonborough Village passed after an amendment to decrease the amount to $15,000 and limit the scope to surveying failed.
Big ticket items included Article 12, for $775,000 to reconstruct or reclaim a half dozen town roads. The warrant article anticipates the town will receive $140,000 from the state's highway block grant program.
Article 17, requesting $8,095,820 to cover the town budget was also approved.
READER COMMENTS: 2
- Another View - Rick Santorum: When Israel needs our help, we have to be there - 0
- Thomas Sowell: Liberal urban police policies won't quell riots - 0
- Another View -- Frank Guinta: I am uniquely qualified to represent NH in Congress - 11
- Deroy Murdock: The indictment of Rick Perry is bizarre and unfounded - 0
- Another View - Marc Champion: A strong terror policy would cure Obama's golf woes - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Obama confuses the TV world with the real one - 2
- George Will: In defense of the defenders - 0
- Roger Simon: Is Ferguson the future? - 0
- Charles Krauthammer: Stopping the worst people on earth - 0
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Police mum on reported shooting in Manchester - 0
- Manchester men charged with drive-by shooting in Nashua - 0
- Multiple reports say deal reached for Arthur T. to buy Market Basket - 0
- Fisher Cats get behind early, fall to Senators - 0
- Sox downed on pinch-hit homer - 0
- Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat - 0
- Authorities mum about reports of shooting in Manchester - 0
- Bruins agree to long-term agreement with Providence - 0
- Stewart probe goes on - 0
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
Ohio's Rob Portman: GOP can win back Senate