HOLLIS Voters took their time speaking, and listening to, various points of view on the articles that make up the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District's proposed fiscal 2014 warrant and in the end pretty much agreed that costs included in the package are worth supporting.
Taxpayers in Brookline will end up paying 5.8 percent more for that portion of their tax bills, which comes to roughly $211 for a home assessed at $400,000.
"When you look at how it affects each town, not only will Brookline (taxpayers) be paying more, they also have a much smaller vote," Flanagan said to a round of applause from part of the crowd. "It really is not fair."
School Board member who was part of a committee that addressed the apportionment formula between the two towns, called the disparity unfair.
Together, the five articles represented a $20.4 million package that is kinder to Hollis taxpayers, who can look forward to a 1.7 decrease in the portion of their tax bill that goes to the cooperative school district.
Voters approved the proposed $19.3 million operating budget, 115 27, then followed suit with the other four articles that have financial ramifications at Tuesday's roughly three hour district meeting at Hollis Brookline High School.
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Groans rose from the crowd of roughly 150 a short time later, when moderator James Murphy announced that a secret ballot also was requested for Article 4, which ended up passing by a slightly wider 127 23 margin than Article 2.
Another big ticket item for the co op was increased expenses for special education. The 2014 line item total is $3.7 million. This is an increase of $300,000, or 8.9 percent. There are increases in support services for students enrolled in and outside of the district. From fiscal 2008 14, the student population that is in need of special education services has increased by 20 percent, and annual referral numbers have already surpassed expectations.
points of view on the articles that make up the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District's proposed fiscal 2014 warrant and in the end pretty much agreed that costs included in the package are worth supporting.
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Article 2, which called for roughly $331,000 to cover costs of the district's new one year agreement with school professional staff, drew criticism from a resident because it includes both merit pay and an attendance bonus.
Voters approved the proposed $19.3 million operating budget, 115 27, then followed suit with the other four articles that have financial ramifications at Tuesday's roughly three hour district meeting at Hollis Brookline High School. .
Brookline resident Eric Power's proposal to amend the operating budget total to $18,754,593 the same amount as the current budget failed. He cited the increase that Brookline taxpayers would face, saying that declining student enrollment and the fact "you just approved raises for teachers and support staff," speaking to the School Board and finance committee.
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the Hollis Brookline Co op District has to make a larger contribution to the state retirement system. Those payments increased by more than $200,000 for fiscal 2014, which represented a hike of 25.8 percent. The line item for this totaled a little more than $1 million.
"As far as I know, when you take the job, you're supposed to go to work," Hollis resident Rodney Lockwood said. "It seems to me you're sending a message that you'll be paying employees for doing what we pay them to do anyway."
The article called for $76,000 to fund the first year of a three year agreement between the district and school support staff. The contract includes no raises for those already on the salary step scale, and a 1 percent increase the first year for off step employees. Over its full three years, the contract represents an increase of 3.8 percent.
A motion to raise the minimum number of voter signatures from five to 20 wasn't allowed by Murphy, who said while he understood the speaker's motivation, statute prohibited him from making the change.
The dozen or so speakers were roughly split for and against Article 2, which easily passed, 120 29, on a secret ballot vote that was requested by five petitioners.
School Board Chairman Tom Salon said the contract reduces the number of available health care plans from five to two, and calls for a 1 percent increase in the pay scale. It does not include a so called evergreen clause. He said the new discretionary merit pool accounts for 0.5 percent of the $331,000 appropriation.
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