Good Afternoon Norm and Jerry,
Hope you and your families are doing well during this most trying time for everyone.
Jerry, I appreciated the opportunity on Saturday to discuss the concerns brought up in the note from you and Norm, to the Hampton School Board and me.
Let me describe to you the actions that have been taken by the school board since March to address potential revenue shortfalls. In early March I requested a budget freeze and the SB supported this effort.
Only purchase orders essential for the work were approved. PO’s in the system that were not essential were cancelled. All Professional Development and training sessions were cancelled. Once the “State of Emergency” was declared by the Governor,the substitute lines in the budget were closed, All bus contracts (regular Ed and Special Ed) were renegotiated to support only the payment for drivers. Major projects have been placed on hold i.e. repair to the district pickup truck( winter use only).
Mr Lessard dropped all the heating requirements and by virtue of closed classrooms the electricity demand has been reduced. All end of the year expenditures for graduation and celebrations have been cancelled. All of the spring extra curricular stipends will not be paid.
We have had some expenses related to the pandemic, in order to conduct remote learning. However those expenses will be refunded through the Federal Government’s CARE Grant. Below is a sample of those expenses that are eligible;
- Cleaning products to sanitize all areas of the schools
- Electronic signature program
- Online student registration program
- Bus costs associated with drivers (regular education as well as special education)
- Technology support i.e. “kajeets (hot spots providing access to the internet), replacement parts, additional chromebooks and charges
- General supplies, ink, paper etc.
- Food Service expenses including food items as well as supplies not a part of the lunch program
On Tuesday the SB voted to enact a freeze on several vacant positions and charged the administration to develop additional recommendations for the 2020-21 school budget. They expect a report at their May 12th SB meeting.
SAU 90 is working closely with SAU 21 since we share families and we are both committed to working with the town of Hampton to be partners in this work.
We understand the current situation and the impact it has on our citizens.
I am preparing a press release to the community to address this issue and to inform the public of the actions taken by the Hampton School Board.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (401-1123) if you have any questions.
Jerry and Norm, you have always reached out with inquiries, I hope this relationship will continue.
Kathleen A. Murphy
Hampton School District SAU 90
7 Scott Road