To The Daily Sun,
On Friday, March 4, the Shaker Regional School District will be voting on Articles 1, 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Belmont High School. At 7 p.m., Articles 4 through 12 will be acted upon. Article 4 is to appropriate the sum of $21,739,870 as the operating budget for next school year.
Article 1 (SB-2) is a petitioned warrant article for the school district to adopt RSA 40:13 (known as SB-2). This is the same RSA as the Town of Belmont voted in eight years ago and replaced the Town Meeting form of government. It provides voters an opportunity during several deliberative sessions before voting day to question (and change) any item, including the town budget, prior to voting.
The reason Article 1 (SB-2) was submitted by petition is that the School School board and Shaker administration does not have any oversight (Budget Committee) for expenditures of their budget and can therefore move money from on account to another, as they wish.
With a budget of approximately $22 million, the voters who signed the petition felt strongly that it was time to begin a process to have more accountability in school expenditures. It is not surprising that the school board does NOT recommend passing this article!
Please follow the petitioners and vote "yes" for SB-2.
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