The Wise Old Yankee Owl says…Just say NO to the school’s three year budget proposal! $8Million now what will it be in three years!?!

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$8 Million now…what will it be in three years!?!

Fact is, we voters are being asked to approve a THREE YEAR  Teacher and Support Staff contract!

There will be no turning back if you encumber the funds for those contracts…So the Wise Old Owl says..give a hoot and Just say NO!

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“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

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Budget Madness! Wise Old Yankee Owl Came A Calling…..Part 1

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onlyhennikerbruce January 21, 2019

During Sunday’s snow storm, I was sitting in front of the roaring fire…nodding off to the wonderful warmth provided by the burning hardwoods… when suddenly my computer dinged in a message.

It was the Wise Old Yankee Owl came a calling…and this is what the Owl taught me….

  • you shall learn my son that, ” that when a large group of individuals try to decide whether to buy a Cadillac or a Kia the concept of buying a Ford rarely ever gets discussed.
  • you shall learn my son  that, “a vote of less than 5% of the registered voters in town represents the “ will of the people”.
  • you shall learn my son that, “some folks speak with great persuasiveness on topics discussed at the meeting and the audience has less than one hour to fact check.”
  • you shall learn my son that, “the vast majority of money spent on both our town and our schools are dedicated to contractual agreements with employees. And, the terms and conditions of those contractual obligations are rarely spoken of in detail at Annual Meetings.”

Thank you Wise Old owl…my nap was deep, long and warm!

Stay tuned…More Owl to come.

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

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Henniker Community School Budget Tops $8 million…Cost Per Student Hits Record High $20,000!

hcs cost 2019-2020 (copy)Two years ago I advised everyone who attended the School District’s Annual Meeting that we should just increase the budget’s warrant article to $8 M and begin managing our dollars better.

It was clear then…Tax payers were stunned at paying that much money for a rather mediocre performing school in a state where the average education is rather…MEDIOCRE.

The private elementary school average is $8,511 per year and the private high school average is $27,319 per year.

The people in the room were aghast! The letters I received (all anonymous of course) were numerous. At least I was scolded for being an alarmist. At worst I was told to leave and never return for scaring the hell out of the residents.

Well what was unthinkable in the past has now arrived…and guess what YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE. Pay up folks and expect an increase next year…and the year after that, and the year after that.

The School Board clearly does not know how to manage money… With the amount of unpaid Property Taxes topping out at over $1M and unfunded road and sewer repair and replacement estimates nearing $15M, hard to imagine prudent financial managers recommending these types of increases.

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

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Nothing up my sleeve…Presto…air conditioners! So much for conservation

MOOSE PLATE  File this under silly spending…not hard to find ways to reduce discretionary spending.

I guess so much for conservation…not sure using Moose Plate money for air conditioners is what I had in mind when I got my CONSERVATION PLATE!

Minutes from the August 15, 2017 and the October, 16, 2018 Select Board meeting minutes….Item #3…reflect the lack of any real energy usage discussion about this expenditure. Ironically I was appointed to the Energy Committee on the same night in August 2017 that this use of funds was initially discussed.

Hard to believe but the original Community Center Committee voted down air conditioners in 2003. Expense was considered to be to exorbitant.

How about fans…new technology today (Haiku fans) are very energy efficient

Remember…only way to make a difference is to show up and vote no to these types of expenditures.

 

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

http://www.onlyhennikerbruce.com

Oh where, oh where can that little budget be…However, teacher’s contract has arrived!

TEACHER CBA (Copy)Let the budget season begin folks…you can find the only online copy of the proposed teacher’s contract here on this blog page. Collective Bargaining Agreement HTA 2019.

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Come visit our our blog..read about the past and stay informed in the future…get connected…stay informed…an informed voter is a very powerful person!

We promise there will be more to come….

 

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”