Keene school board submits $63.2 million spending plan
The Board of Education is presenting the bond article as well as its proposed $63.2 million budget at a hearing at Keene High School tonight at 7.
The default budget is $63,578,424.
“There also a teacher’s contract, four year collective bargaining agreement,” Harper said. “The first year to fund the teacher’s contract would be $530,470.”
“It’s an interesting warrant cause you have a budget, a collective bargaining agreement and a bond article, which doesn’t happen every year,” Harper said.
The consolation has been extensively studied by a committee and discussed at hearings, but this would be the first time voters would have a chance to have their views known, Harper said.
Board members, who plan to present their findings on the school consolidation tonight, say consolidating the elementary schools would have an immediate financial impact on the district, Harper said.
Voters will have the final say, though, he said. “It’s always difficult for the people in the community that has the school that’s closing. It’s never a popular thing.”The deliberative session is planned for Feb. 8 and the ballot vote is set for March 11.
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