Newport School District Budget for 2019-2020 will not be impacted by the Governor’s proposed budget.

Newport NH – The Newport Community will vote on the School District’s proposed budget and warrant articles on March 12, 2019.

Two warrant articles, 7 and 8, are money articles. The Governor has also included these costs in the proposed budget.  On the Newport School District Warrant, Article 7 is the Autism Program for Richards School and Article 8 is the fire alarm panel in the CTE center.  The Governor’s proposed budget is based on contingent funding available after July 1, 2020. This has created confusion regarding funding sources and the need to vote on the articles in the current warrant.

The purpose of the  “Capital Infrastructure Revitalization Fund” from HB 2 in the Governor’s proposed budget is to provide targeted funding for the state and local infrastructure projects and other one-time strategic investments.

Newport School Board Chair, Linda Wadensten says, “Should this money become available, we will seek reimbursement for these projects.”

The possible future effect of the Governor’s proposed budget

Article 7 of the Newport School District 2019-20 Warrant is for an Autism Program in the elementary school.  The warrant is for $200,000. If the voters approve this article, then the District will be able to provide services to up to 6 students in the elementary school.  If the Governor’s proposed funding survives the State’s budget process, then the District would then apply for the targeted aid funds and they could be used as revenue to offset costs for the program in the 2020-21 year.  If the voters deny Article 7 on Tuesday, then the District could still apply for the contingency money and use it as revenue to offset costs if the program is approved for the 2020-21 year.

Article 8 of the Newport School District 2019-20 Warrant is for the repair of a fire alarm panel in the CTE center.  The warrant is for $78,000. If the voters approve this article, then the District will be able to repair the panel in the 2019-20 school year.  If the Governor’s proposed funding survives the State’s budget process, then the District would then apply for the contingency funds and it could be used as revenue in the 2020-21 year.  If the voters deny Article 8 on Tuesday, then the District could still apply for the contingency money and use it as project revenue in 2020-21.

Any questions should be directed to SAU 43 Superintendent, Cindy Gallagher at (603) 865-9500 or cgallagher@sau43.org.

 

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