FY 2019 Budget Proposal

Updated City Council Schedule

The City Council announced May 8th, the following changes.

May 29th will be the public hearing on the budget, not May 22nd

June 12th is the planned vote on the budget.

May 8th and May 15th,  City Council Workshops sessions, other departments will be presenting

May 29th, City Council Meeting and Public Hearing on the budget,  Public Comment opportunities at the public hearing

June 12th is the expected vote on the budget.  If they can’t make a decision on the 12th, it could be extended until the 19th.

In most cases, Council meetings do not have public comment sections, but workshops do have comment sections.

Here is link to the video of the City Council meeting where the budget information was reviewed.

https://rochesternh.viebit.com/player.php?hash=Qr9oNzo0qSiz  Beginning at about the nine minute mark of the video the budget information is reviewed.

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Some Additional information sent to City Council on May 6th.


Why should the City Council support the School District Budget proposal

Below are some of my notes from the presentation to the City Council.

  1. It makes economic sense.  Supporting a strong school system in the City enhances the economic conditions in the city.  We help provide the workforce to the community. One example is 12 students entering the composite program at Great Bay Community College as Seniors at Spaulding High School.  They will complete the program and be available to work for local businesses at graduation. Home values increase when schools are supported by the community.  The opposite is true when funding is reduced.
  2. There is a fundamental problem with the tax cap.  54% of the operating budget is covered by local taxes.  The CPI increase helps for that 54%. The CPI increase cannot support the loss of revenue and the new expenditures required by the State.  46% of the budget does not go up based on the CPI, but actually goes down. The loss of revenue does not remove the requirement to provide services.
  3. The State stopped paying 35% of the NH Retirement employee rate in 2011.  That is $1,703,842 in next year’s budget.  If we still had the State paying 35%, our budget would be $1,703,842 lower.
  4. The State Adequacy is reduced by $407,384 next year.
  5. If we had building aide, it would have provided additional revenue of $820,479.
  6. Special Education costs have increased for next year by $562,649.  Special Education requirements would supposed to be funded at the 40% level from the Federal Government.  They have never come close to that amount.
  7. Medicaid, another revenue stream that supports our required services for special education students will be going down by $360,000 next year.  
  8. The tax cap places city schools at a disadvantage.  Schools with town meetings vote on a budget, if it fails they have a default budget.  The default budget takes into account reduced revenues from the State, increased expenses from the State, and bonding projects already approved..  It allows continuing services to be provided. The tax cap does not do that.
  9. Communities that do not get State adequacy funds, meaning they are property rich, are not impacted when the adequacy aide is reduced.
  10. Look at our cost per pupil.  Spaulding High’s cost per pupil is early 20% below the state average.
  11. Look at what the budget would be if we met the average cost per pupil of the State. Just the difference at the High School would be 1400 students X $3,070 = $4,298,000.
  12. Communities with a tax cap, Nashua, Manchester, Somersworth, Dover.  All have had a tax cap adjustment at some point.
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Flu and illness advice

I wanted to share some reminders to all of us about fighting colds and flu.

We are all aware that the winter months bring illness. Colds, influenza like illness, strep and stomach viruses all seem more prevalent during these months. So that we may work together to avoid the spread of illness here are some reminders:

(CDC Guidelines)

Avoid close contact with sick people

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible

If you are sick with a fever or with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours once your fever is gone without a fever reducer except to get medical care if needed.

Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or cough into your elbow) throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands with soap and water (if not available- use hand sanitizer)

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects contaminated with germs like the flu.

Gonic Updates

Gonic 3-5 will play on the McClelland playground instead of the field at RMS.

The buses came at their regular time to Gonic yesterday

R6 – 3:05pm

R16 – 3:15pm

R13 -3:25pm


So I am sure they were later to RMS and McClelland.

The transfer/YMCA bus came to Gonic at 3:20pm.

The drop off and pick up went smoothly.



Joint Building Committee Meeting and Plans

Please follow the links below.  They include the Handouts from the meeting on December 18, 2017, plus a powerpoint version of the presentation, and a pdf version of the presentation.


Powerpoint version of the presentation

LBA-Rochester CTE-JBC meeting_12-18-2017-298eupt

PDF version of the presentation

LBA-Rochester CTE-JBC meeting_12-18-2017-2gjwws2

Link to all of the plans.  Very large files, it may take awhile to load documents.


Update on some details

Please look here for updates since the meeting on December 13, 2017

If you are dropping off at RMS stay in the right lane as you leave Brock Street.  You will stay out of the McClelland parent line.  If you are picking up at RMS please do not begin the car lineup until 2:50  or later.  Staff may need to get out of parking spots after school at RMS.

When you face the front of Gonic School, the door on the right will be the entrance for parents and visitors.  It will have a button to push to request entrance to the school.  The door on the left will be used at the end of the day for parent drop off and students leaving the building.

Notes from the Nursing staff: We already have the medication and orders so we are set with that transfer. We will be asking the teachers and/or paras  that will be transporting the kids to McClelland  for their specials to carry any needed medications (i.e. inhalers, epipens) with them for that class and I have spoken with Jen Saucier (Nurse at McClelland) and she is in agreement with the plan. She will see Gonic students if needed while at McClelland and call us.

The current Gonic nurse will still be attending any IEP,  504 meetings for these students and keep us informed as needed. Cori Brown one of the nurses at RMS is familiar with these students as she had them during her time at Gonic.  We have reviewed all the health condition alerts and all info is in IC for us to access. We are confident we will be able to handle these students without any difficulty.

Rochester Child Care at RMS/D wing  Drop off students at the rear door of D Wing in the morning.  The students will be supervised in D Wing room 175.  In the afternoon pick up students from the cafeteria area.  The students will be in the cafeteria at least all of next week.   The Child Care parents will be notified of any changes after next week.

Bus 01 will be at Gonic School in the side parking lot after 8:15.  Walking students and any parent drop off students in grade 3 to 5 will be able to wait in the bus, and it should leave for RMS by 8:25.  Please make sure walkers are at school to catch the 8:25 a.m. bus.

In the afternoon, the bus R19 will leave the Middle School as close to 3 p.m. as possible.  It will drop Gonic students at Gonic, pickup Y riders and return to McClelland to pick up Y riders.  It will bring walkers and any students parents have designated to return to Gonic via the bus.  Buses 6, 13 and 16 will pick up at Gonic, then RMS and then go to McClelland.  This is a slightly different version from what I said last night.


Bus Changes:


R1 Pick up Gonic walkers 3-5 gr 8:15-8:25 parent drop off for Gonic 3 to 5 at the back playground

R6, R13 and R16

Drop k-2 at Gonic in back. p/u any walkers that are at the school if they can fit

Drop McClelland students

Transfer Maple and SES students to R9 @ McClelland

Drop 3-5 Gonic students at RMS out back


R19 Pick up RMS Gonic walkers/YMCA students up at front of school

Drop walkers and p/u YMCA at Gonic in front of school

P/U McClelland YMCA students


R6, R13 and R16

P/U  Gonic school k-2 students in front of school

P/U at RMS Gonic 3-5 in front of school (If any additional walkers R6 can bring them to Gonic)

P/U McClelland students/Transfers

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