Friday, December 28, 2012
Preliminary votes next week and final votes the week after.
The Salem Municipal Budget Committee will conduct meetings to handle SAU 57 warrant articles on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 10, according to a statement on the school district website. The Jan. 3 meeting will take place in the Media Center at Salem High School while the Jan. 10 meeting will take place in the Knightly Meeting Room at Town Hall. Both meetings will take place at 7 p.m. A presentation of the warrant articles, along with discussion and preliminary votes, will take place Jan. 3. On Jan. 10, the committee will hold a public hearing on the warrant articles and then will take their final votes.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
SAU 57 district budget to go before voters will be up 1.89 percent over current year.
Between their preliminary and final votes last week, the Salem Budget Committee trimmed just over $82,000 from the 2013-2014 SAU 57 budget. The final general fund budget voters will consider next year will be $58.4 million with an overall gross budget of $62.2 million. The budget is up 1.89 percent over the present year. That $82,000 cut included several amendments proposed by School Board representative Michael Carney, Jr., as a result of the district filling an IT position at a lower cost than budgeted. The most substantial cut approved by the committee was $45,000 to the heating budget at Salem High School. Chairman Russell Frydryck proposed the cut because the school had changed to natural gas and the previous number was based on …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Stephen Campbell claimed the committee needed more time to review answers to budgetary questions.
The Salem Budget Committee held its preliminary votes on the 2013-2014 SAU 57 Budget Wednesday, but if one member had his way, it would have been put off for a week, or more. Board of Selectmen Representative Stephen Campbell said the committee had not received answers to budgetary questions posed to school staff until Wednesday morning. "Some of these answers need to be followed up," Campbell said. He moved to postpone both committee meetings this week to next week as a result. "You can't vote on $62 million of this stuff just rushing through it," he said. Chairman Russell Frydryck said the information had been e-mailed to him Tuesday afternoon but he was unable to distribute it to the rest of the committee until Wednesday morning. Other …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There may be as many as three warrant articles related to the 2013 renovation plans.
The Salem School Board voted Tuesday night for a school renovation plan that would provide extensive renovations for Fisk and Soule Elementary Schools and partial renovation work at Haigh Elementary School. The final wording for the bond articles for the 2013 school warrant will be voted on at a meeting next week, but the general framework of the board's desires was agreed to unanimously Tuesday. An initial article would provide for Fisk and Soule renovations without additional classrooms and a large multi-purpose room. The bonded number mentioned for that renovation would be $15.8 million. Additionally, about $369,000 would be bonded for work at Haigh. A second article would include an additional $805,000 in renovations for Haigh, …