Article 2

Shall the Pelham School District raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $20,549,372?  Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $20,499,109, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Pelham School District or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only.*


*NOTE:  Warrant Article 2 (operating budget) does not include appropriations proposed in any other warrant articles.


Originator School Board
School Board 5-0-0
Budget Committee 9-0-0
Town Meeting  

Voter's Guide Explanation

This Warrant provides the School Board and Budget Committee recommended school operating budget for the 2006-2007 school year. Also included, in accordance with state regulations, is the compliant default budget, which would be in effect should the electorate reject the recommended budget.  Review of the recommended 2006 budget versus the 2005 operating budget shows a net increase of $190,163 which translates to .93% (less than 1%).

The school operating budget includes all of the funds necessary to operate the three schools in Pelham along with Pelham’s portion of the SAU budget which is split with Windham.

The budgeted amount to provide health insurance benefits to employees was increased by  $227,430 which means the budgets for all other accounts actually decreased by a total of $37,267.

Voter approval of the operating budget will enable the school district to provide services and supplies consistent with voter expectations.

Backup Data

Description  2005-2006 Actual  2006-2007 Proposed Change
Teacher Salaries, Supplies, Textbooks  $6,966,028  $6,873,394 -1.33%
Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, FICA, NH Retirement, Unemployment for Employees  $3,772,262  $4,020,300 6.58%
In District and Out-of-District Special Education and Special Services Costs  $2,682,392  $2,753,042 2.63%
Custodians, Utilities, Repairs & Maintenance  $1,390,698  $1,279,707 -7.98%
Principal and Interest for Pelham Elementary School bond  $1,324,650  $1,267,775 -4.29%
Student Bus Transportation costs- contracted service.  $992,474  $1,058,498 6.65%
Administrators' salaries, school administration supplies, graduation expenses  $712,173  $715,237 0.43%
Nurse, Guidance, and Speech programs and salaries  $618,651  $650,666 5.17%
Cost to run the food service program  $686,560  $635,500 -7.44%