Category Archive for 'Budget Process'

To support the schools, vote “Yes” twice. Tomorrow, Sat. May 7, Wenham Town Election, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Buker Gym, Wenham Town Meeting, 1 p.m., Buker Gym. Drop-off babysitting available
Follow the meeting on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hwsos. As we sometimes forget during the busy budget season, the only entity that decides Wenham’s share of school funding is YOU, the voter.
This year you have a choice. There are two numbers proposed for Wenham’s share of the school budget. You may vote for the assessment that is in the school’s budget, which represents a 0% increase to the town from last year. It does not affect town services, and it maintains level services in the schools.

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Busy Saturday morning? Vote early! Wenham voters head to the polls on Saturday morning to cast ballots in the Buker gymnasium for school committee candidates, selectboard candidates and other posts. Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, a small window of time on a busy day.
If you know it’s going to be a push for you to get to the polls, why not vote early? You can vote absentee today at the town hall clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Everything you wanted to know about E&D (but were too busy to ask!).
• This Saturday at Wenham Town Meeting, and next Saturday at Hamilton Town Meeting, voters will decide between two different appropriations for the schools’ FY2012 budget.
• The schools are asking for a 0% increase to the towns from last year — a budget that is level-funded to the towns. The towns want to take $500,000 from that budget.
• Town officials maintain that cuts can be done without cutting teachers or services to our students. How? By dipping deeply into the school’s Excess and Deficiency (E&D) fund.
• The school committee says that isn’t wise and isn’t what the state recommends (the state recommends that schools maintain a minimum of 3% of its total budget in E&D).

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Wenham Town Meeting, this Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. at Buker
Hamilton Town Meeting, Sat., May 14, 9 a.m., High School
This is your only chance to vote on this school budget.
You have to be present at town meeting to vote.
Top 12 Things You Need to Know about the FY2012 School Budget

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Before you head out — or just off — for Spring Break, please be sure to mark your calendars and start making plans for Town Meeting.

With the school budget still in flux, we need every school supporter present, so tap those babysitters, grandparents, or fellow sports parents now.

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Tomorrow is an important school committee meeting that school supporters will want to follow closely. In addition to discussing its plans to address the most critical parts of the Operational Audit, the committee will vote its fiscal year 2012 budget. Serious concerns have cropped up late in the process. Here’s what you need to know.

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Town Meeting and the School Budget – Confused over how the process works? You’re not alone!
Here’s a primer on how the HWRSD budget gets approved by YOU, the voters

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