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February 02. 2014 9:24PM

New Boston voters to discuss 2014-15 school district budget

NEW BOSTON — The school district’s proposed operating budget of $13,584,226 will go before voters at the deliberative session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the New Boston Central School gym. The snow date is Thursday at 7 p.m.

The 2014-15 budget includes $70,200 for the SAU 19 building’s cupola and parking lot paving, and associated costs of the SAU 19’s loss of Dunbarton students. New Boston’s share of the cupola is 25 percent of the total project.

Ray Labore, the SAU 19 business administrator, said a school board member suggested reducing the budget by $26,816 to level any increases from last year’s budget.

“It was not aimed at any one line item. They wanted to look at a flat 6 percent increase in the general fund,” he said.

The budget is presented in two phases, including costs over which the School Board has control over such as equipment, supplies and salaries and benefits at New Boston Central School. The second phase is expenses for students attending the Mountain View Middle School and Goffstown High School, Labore said.

“There’s really little or no control over the budget that results from the AREA agreement,” Labore said.

New Boston voters will also be asked to approve a warrant article relating to the new AREA agreement with Goffstown. The committee was made up of three school board members from each district, and was approved Jan. 16 by the state Department of Education.

“Both school boards have unanimously recommended bringing the article to their respective districts,” Labore said.

New Boston’s cost for 2014-15 to send students to MVMS is $12,323 per student; it is $12,904 per high school student. In 2013-14, 144 students attended the middle school. Projected enrollments for 2014-15 are 161 students. In 2013-14, 279 students attended the high school; projected enrollments for 2014-15 are 303 students.

sclark@newstote.com


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