School spending gets final board OK in Manchester
The total budget is $156.7 million. It makes use of $545,000 in savings from the newly ratified contract with the district’s paraprofessionals and $500,000 in expendable trust money.
He has advocated adding teachers in the elementary schools, despite the threats of the two sending towns, Hooksett and Candia, to pull their students from the high schools, largely over large class sizes.
The vote was 11 to 4.
Opponents of the plan argued that it wasn't prudent to use one-time expendable trust money to fund salaries.
Superintendent Thomas Brennan defended the plan. “From a financial standpoint, this may not be prudent but from an educational standpoint, it is. We need to be shoring up our elementary education,” he said.
Agreements have been reached with two more district employee unions.
The Board of School committee on Monday voted to ratify the agreements with two Teamsters locals, one representing principals and the other directors and coordinators.
That contract hiked health care premiums to a 15 to 20 percent employee contribution rate, while giving the employees a 2.17 percent raise, based on the increase in inflation.
The agreement is projected to save the district to $45,000 in the first year of the contract, while costing the district $104,000 in the second year of the contract.