To The Daily Sun,
The Gilford School Board is proposing $26,019,631 for the 2017-18 school year.
To the dismay of the school people, the Budget Committee examined their proposal and calculated they should be able to "function" properly with $25,903,694. A difference of $115,937.
Someone (I don't know who) at the deliberative session got a motion passed to reinstate everything that the Bud Comm subtracted after many, many "man hours" of careful scrutiny. (This same disheartening thing happened last year.)
As a result of the impasse, we are now operating under a default budget for this year of $25,872,143. which is $147,488 (a little more than one half of 1 percent) less than the School Board proposal. However, those same school people, when confronted with the reality of the default budget, (considered to be a "bare-bones" budget), became very industrious and discovered an extra $118,000 for raises for the noncontractual employees, (after the voters had voted the raises down, as part of the School Board's proposed budget).
Therefore, I am relatively certain that these highly dedicated folks can and will find an extra $30,000 to meet any real need this year.
Based on the above and barring any new information, I will be voting "No" to Article 2 General Budget Funds.
I don't mean any disrespect when I say "school people," I just don't know who is running the show, the School Board or the school administration, or both.
Harry H. Bean
Gilford Budget Committee member
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