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Dresden Budget Committee

Committee Members

Carey Callaghan, Chair
Justin Campfield
Tom Candon
Kelly McConnell
Jona Roberts
Jamie Teague, Business Administrator
Frank Bass, Superintendent

Charge of the Committee

This committee meets with Jamie Teague, SAU 70 Business Administrator; Superintendent Frank Bass; Director of Facilities Tony Daigle; and the Principals of the High School and Middle School in December to review the preliminary drafts of the Dresden budget for the subsequent school year. They provide a Board perspective on the budget development process and help guide the staff to meet the budget parameters developed by the full Board in the early fall.

2017-18 Dresden School District Budget Guidelines (FINAL)

The Dresden Budget Committee has attempted to balance the Dresden Community’s commitment to maintaining the excellence of its schools with its desire to address the challenges of current economic conditions. Accordingly, the Committee recommends an increase of the 2017-2018 expenditures budget within a corridor of 1.75-2.75%, noting that the effect of the following four cost factors would result in a budget increase of approximately 2.3%:
  • 2.3% salary increases from the 2017-2018 cost of both steps and base increases, moderated by a relatively flat benefit change (excluding retirement impact below) owing to changes in healthcare plans reached in the contract settlement last year and approved by District voters via warrant article;
  • 4.7% increase in estimated Dresden special education costs;
  • 1.1% increase in all other expenses, which reflects recent regional CPI increases; and
  • $150,000 approximate impact of a rate increase (10.8% estimate) from NH State Retirement System.

The four factors described above do not include the cost of program improvements, including those associated with the rollout of initiatives from the HHS strategic planning process. The Board will consider program improvements presented by administrators in October.

The Committee also supports the continuing efforts of the administration to implement measurable, long-term cost-savings initiatives. To this end, the administration should be given the opportunity and be encouraged to implement programs that, though they may increase the budget in the short term, will lead to lower costs in the future.

Link to Draft Budget Model for 2017-18 (link to come)

2016-17 DRAFT Goals of the Committee

  1. Develop budget guidelines for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that both address district financial concerns and assure excellence in our schools.
  2. Consider developing policies and/or a warrant article that would allow the district to begin to set aside funds for post-retirement benefit obligations, consistent with the existing retention of fund balance policy.
  3. Support implementation of programmatic improvements through consideration of any cost items that may arise.
  4. As appropriate, work with members of the Hanover Finance Committee, and with the Norwich School Board, to take whatever actions are necessary to help reinstate a fully representative two-town Dresden Finance Committee.
  5. Review the physical assets of the district and their management in order to identify possible areas of improvement.

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