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February 20. 2014 9:19PM

Teacher salaries a top issue at Inter-Lakes

MEREDITH — When Inter-Lakes School District voters meet next month, they’ll be asked to approve a new three-year teacher salary contract, among other items.

The school board is proposing a $21.9 million budget for the 2014-’15 fiscal year. School officials are not yet sure what effect the budget, if passed, will have on the school portions of residents’ tax bills.

The district meets on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Robert F. Pottle Gymnasium at Inter-Lakes Junior/Senior High School.

Warrant Article 3 asks district voters to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Inter-Lakes School Board and the Inter-Lakes Support Staff Association.

The agreement calls for increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing levels by $46,117 in 2014-’15, $47,619 for fiscal year 2015-’16, and $51,460 for fiscal year 2016-’17.

Article 3 also asks voters to approve $46,117 for the 2014-’15 fiscal year to pay the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those of the appropriation at current staffing levels paid in the prior fiscal year.

The school board is recommending passage of the salary package.

Article 4 asks for a special district meeting if Article 3 fails.

Article 2 asks voters to approve district officer salaries of $100 for the year for the moderator, $20 an hour for the district clerk, $1,200 for the school board chair, six school board members’ salaries at $900 each, and the district treasurer salary at $1,500.

Article 6 asks voters to appropriate up to $75,000 to be placed in the previously established Inter-Lakes School District Facilities Maintenance Expendable Trust, with the amount to be funded from the June 30 unreserved fund balance available for transfer on July 1, and no amount to be raised by taxation.

Article 8 asks if the district will vote to discontinue the SAU 2 Capital Reserve Fund established at the March 20, 1984 Inter-Lakes School District Meeting. This fund was established for the construction and/or reconstruction of roofs, water and disposal systems and heating systems at Inter-Lakes schools.

The funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the district’s general fund. The approximate fund balance as of June 30, 2013 was $5,783.

dseufert@newstote.com


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