Category Archive for 'Budget Process'

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 Buker Elementary School Multipurpose Room 6:30 p.m. School choice presentation 7:00 p.m. Regular School Committee meeting, including 2014-2015 priorities & budget On Thursday night the Hamilton Wenham School Committee seeks input on two important topics, among others: Whether to alter the “School Choice” program, by which we accept students from other […]

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Public Hearing: School District FY2014 Budget Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 7:00 PM Buker Elementary School Multipurpose Room This is the public’s last chance to ask questions and give feedback on the Superintendent’s FY 2014 school budget. Some families may not be aware that the budget includes cuts to the teaching staff at the High School. […]

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In a letter to the School Committee this week, the Wenham selectmen recommended that the school committee adopt a LEVEL SPENDING budget. This radical new proposal would mean roughly $1 MILLION of program and staff cuts to cover for other increased costs, like health care, utilities, transportation and contractual obligations. YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED Thursday […]

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The School Committee’s Public Forum on the Budget is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. If you are only going to attend one school committee meeting this year, this is the one. Without direct parental input, the School Committee is making tough budget decisions in a vacuum. This is the one meeting set […]

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The level of Excess and Deficiency (“E&D”) funds for FY 2012 was a critical issue in determining the FY 2012 HWRSD budget.  E&D funds are the amount of unrestricted funds held by a regional school district at the end of the school year which it can use for unplanned future needs.  The revised FY 2012 […]

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The School Committee’s FY 2012 Budget asks for no new contributions from the Towns, does not affect the tax rate, and maintains level services in the schools. Wenham voters have already approved this number, which is the figure printed in the Hamilton warrant (Appendix B, page 6). Town officials are recommending lowering the contribution to the Schools to an amount, which when added to a proportional decrease on the Wenham side, would combine to de-fund the schools by $500,000. This recommendation would open the door to a second Town Meeting or more, and will require the School Committee to reconsider their budget which could result in service cuts.

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Thank you, Wenham — Hamilton, you’re on deck! Hamilton town meeting is this Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. at the High school auditorium. Child care thanks to Girl’s Basketball team. The school budget passed in Wenham by a vote of 127 to 86. A huge thank you to all the residents who took time out from a busy spring afternoon to make their voices heard. Now it’s Hamilton’s turn. Please make plans to attend town meeting this Saturday and support the school’s budget. We expect the vote to be much closer in Hamilton than it was in Wenham. We will need every voter there.
If the school’s budget passes, we’re done. If it fails, we’re looking at the possibility of more town meetings this spring and possibly into the summer.

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