Half Century of data…Money is not the solution! Vote No! Stop playing the “School Funding Shell Game.” Part I

NH SED PENDING 50 YEARS

February 23, 2019

We are fortunate enough to have people among us who analyze data and construct visuals to help us understand. In New Hampshire Ian Underwood is one of those people!

Ian’s “NH School Funding Shell Game” is a must read.

Above you will find nearly a half century of data, compiled by the Cato Institute, showing the enormous cash investment made in education resulting in absolutely no improvement in student achievement,

Ian provides us with a look at how school district spending has changed since the Claremont Decision.

The chart below; spending before Claremont is in blue and spending after Claremont in gold.

Note all districts today (even the most cash poor districts then) are spending more money NOW, than the richest school districts were before Claremont…with no measurable improvement in student achievement.

NH SPENDING SINCE CLAREMONT

DO YOU STILL THINK MONEY IS THE ANSWER!?!

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10 Years $75,418; Tax Note Borrowing Interest paid to Banks…Could the Optional Fiscal Year have saved us from this expense???

Good Governance

February 16, 2010

Let me be clear…I support looking into the Optional Fiscal Year! Here’s why;

Henniker’s fiscal year runs from January 1st to December 31st. The 2019 budget will be  passed at Town meeting in March.

First tax bill for new budget will not go out until June…and must be paid bu July 1st.

In essence, the Town of Henniker is billing in arrears…So for the first six months of each year the Town of Henniker BORROWS money (line of credit) from a bank to pay our bills.

The interest we pay to the bank can be found in the Annual Report, Financials, MS 6 Town Budget, (after 2013 MS 636) account #4723. (read here)

RSA 31:94-a allows for towns to adopt what is called the Optional Fiscal Year…July 1st to December 31st. The semi-annual  billing would stay the same, but the budget would be approved at a May annual meeting.

With the new fiscal year, the June billing provides cash at the very beginning of the fiscal year. The December billing then provides cash six months later when we are in the middle of the fiscal year, rather than at the end of the fiscal year.

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) (Henniker is a member Town) advises that, “This change in cash flow virtually eliminates the need for short-term tax anticipation note borrowing.” (read here)

I have brought this up to the Select Board numerous times. Each time the Select Board defers to Mr. Roy the finance director. His opinion is in direct contradiction to that of the NHMA…

NHMA reported in 2006 that eleven cities and seventeen towns in New Hampshire have adopted RSA 31:94-a…I wonder what their experience has been??? Have they saved MONEY???

Why are we NOT looking into this????

I support hearing what these other towns have to say about this matter….

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How about that! Newport’s Select Board shows some leadership! Ring the Bell Henniker!

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Hennikurians…Let not your hearts be troubled!

Apparently, the Newport Select Board should be invited here to teach a seminar on LEADERSHIP!….

“Select Board Chair Jeff Kessler accused the School Board of lacking financial discipline to which Selectman Todd Fratzel agreed, saying it was the worst budget he had seen. Quoting from the NH School Board Association’s guide book, he urged school officials to do their job, which is “To balance the needs of the children with the ability of the taxpayers to provide them.”

Hmmm…something we here @ onlyhennikerbruce.com have been advocating for quite sometime…encouraging our own Select Board Chairperson to under take this endeavor!

And, once the bruised ego’s over there have healed…something might just happen.

I call it a WIN for the most important folks in the room… THE VOTERS!

Read here about what our hearts ache for..page one

Hat tip to the Town of Newport…necessity is the mother of invention!

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Wise Old Owl…school employee contracts…Are you Nuts! Just Vote NO!

A WISE OLD OWL II (Copy)

February 3, 2019

“Christopher Robin and I walked along….Under branches lit up by the moon…Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore…As our days disappeared all too soon…” (Kenny Loggins;Return To Pooh Corner”

Owl stands so magnificent and reserved…he leans over and whispers to me these scholarly words…

  • ” I’ve learned the voters will be voting on almost $ 6,000,000 of School Budget in two separate warrant articles. AND….if passed the budget cannot be reduced for three years. Or, as the School Board annually harps on, those numbers are “ out of their control” and the voters control for years once the voters approve the contracts.
    In other words….approve the contracts this year and nothing to think about for the next three years. It’s out of everyone’s hands!”
  • “I’ve learned that the Master Agreement for Henniker teachers includes language which provides for stipends to be paid to teachers for 26 quasi-administrative positions, totaling $23, 800 excluding retirement payments to the State. A list of these positions can be found on page 33 of the proposed Master Agreement ( 2019-2022)…”
  • “I’ve learned that the “ early retirement” language in the Henniker teachers contract Master Agreement provides for a bonus check to teachers who retire with more than 10 years of service in the district. I’ve also learned that that bonus check can potentially exceed $43,000.”
  • “I have learned that the process of determining what are the appropriate levels of funding to provide for the “common good” is very often dependent on what seat you occupy…”
  • “I have learned that some budgets and collective bargaining agreements are brought forth to the body politic by elected governing boards who are unaware of what is in the documents…”
  • “I have learned that sometimes direct question that are germaine coming from the audience are often either not answered or obfuscated by a lengthy dissertation ending nowhere…”
  • “I have learned that ardent supporters of the Town budget blame the School Budget for the excessive tax burden. Conversely, I have learned that the ardent supporters of the School Budget blame the Town budget. Of course, as previously mentioned, there is general consensus that the State is to blame…”
  • “I have learned that the majority of time spent at these meetings is focused on past mistakes and current financial consternation…”

“What do you know…There’s so much to be done…Count all the bees in the hive…Chase all the clouds from the sky!”

The Henniker Teacher’s contract can be found here.

The Henniker Community School Support Staff contract can be found here.

Ahhhh…thank you wise old owl… I am grateful for all of the things you have done…!

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Just say NO to Utter madness! Osgood disregards promises to tax payers..thinks Azalea Park should get $10,00 now and $750,000…

osgood spending plan

January 28, 2019 onlyhennikerbruce

Utter madness! Osgood disregards promises to tax payers..thinks Azalea Park should get $10,00 now and $750,000…

Apparently, Mr. Osgood is not concerned about having the 8th highest tax rate in the state…a below state average Median Household Income. He must be content      with delaying and deferring infrastructure repair and replacements projects.

Why else would he put forth such a absurd warrant article calling for the town to start funding the Azalea park project and say he believes that we should fund to $775,000?

Thank goodness….Select-board members, Tia Hooper and Kris Blomback pointed out that property tax payers were promised that Azalea Park Project was not to use property tax $$$ (totally funded through donations and fund raising) and voted NO to Mr. Osgood’s absurd spending request!

The infrastructure in this town need a lot of work. The School District Budget  is out of control. Two Contracts if approved will increase that budget over the next three years a minimum of 6%. Which means a budget total of $8,4000,00 by 2022.

And the Town’s Operating Budget is looking at a 10% increase….can your family budget afford all of this?

 

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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NH Senate Bill SB 196…Changes the requirements for school districts policies regarding non-academic surveys or questionnaires on YOUR CHILDREN. Protect your right to CONSENT & PRIVACY!

parental consent January 27, 2019 onlyhennikerbruce.com

Your family’s Right-to-Privacy should not be infringed upon by any branch of government.

The NH Senate Education Committee will meet on Tuesday 1/29 at 10:15 am, the  Legislative Office Building room 103 Concord, NH.

Agenda item…SB 196 Parental Consent for Non-academic Survey read here.

In our legal system, and in the State of New Hampshire, the standard policy imposed on all Industries requires “opt in” consent .

There is no justification to carve out a special standard for schools when it comes to the issue of parental rights and privacy!

If SB 192 is passed, parents will be required to opt out of these surveys. Parents from across the state have advised School Board officials that they never received notification about some of the surveys already being conducted.

When testing is conducted as a routine educational, institutional, or organizational activity, informed consent should never be implied…it should be manditory!

Full disclosure and consent of the evaluation including the  purpose of the evaluation should be obtained prior to any such evaluation…especially when minor children are involved.

An example of a UNH survey given to Andover, MA High School students can be read here. (source: fox news Boston)

Please send emails to the committee:

and to the bill’s sponsors:

Thank you for your attention…and don’t forget…ASK WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT NEED ALL THIS INFORMATION!

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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Is Henniker’s moral compass broken?

moral compassonlyhennikerbruce January 25, 2019

All of us have invested heavily in our lives here in Henniker. We plan out our lives and we carry out those tasks necessary to create our wealth.

Personally, I set aside a portion of that wealth so I can pay my tithe to the social contract that makes up our town. I work very hard to meet the obligations that my neighbors expect from me.

Yet, there are advocates for increased spending among us, who fail to pay the very taxes created by the spending levels they support! That is pure insanity!

A quick check of the Town’s ~$700,000 unpaid tax report dated October 27, 2018, finds several advocates owing ~$100,000 in property tax.

OHB finds this to be immoral and appalling! Non of us expects the hard earned wealth we have created for ourselves to be used to pay for someone else’s folly!

And if folks cannot pay their property tax now…why would anyone even consider raising them?

Of course if you have no intention on paying your taxes in the first place…why not?

In fact how many voters have actually seen or read the Collective Bargaining Agreements you are being asked to vote on?

Just vote NO to all budget increases, school or town operating budgets!

Vote NO to both the teacher and support staff contracts!

And make the boards go back and get us tax payers a better deal!

 

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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