NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 4, 2013

Seabrook School District deliberative session tonight

By Angeljean Chiaramida
STAFF WRITER

---- — SEABROOK — Voters will gather tonight for the first, or deliberative, session on the Seabrook School District annual warrant. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Seabrook Middle School library.

At the session, registered voters can learn about and debate the proposed 2013 budget to operate the town’s elementary and middle schools, as well as six other articles included on the warrant.

This is the last time voters have a chance to amend any of the warrant articles before they go to a vote at the March 12 election.

Article 1 asks voters to raise and appropriate $11,993,805 for the 2013 school budget, which is lower than the budget for the school year beginning September 2012. If the article fails, a default budget of $12,217,422, which is this year’s budget, will automatically go into effect.

If approved, the proposed 2013 budget is estimated to add $4.02 per $1,000 assessed value to the tax rate.

Article 2 requests $100,000 to replace the roof over the cafeteria/kitchen of the school, the second installment of a four-phase plan to reroof the entire building. The impact on the tax rate is estimated at .0377 per $1,000 of assessed value

Article 3 requests $54,200 for long-term maintenance at the school; tax rate impact is .0204 cents per $1,000.

Article 4 requests $20,000 for the existing Special Educational Expendable Trust Fund. No tax impact; money will come from unreserved fund balance.

Article 5 requests $25,000 for the Building Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund. No tax impact; money will come from unreserved fund balance,

Article 6 requests $33,620 for child benefit services for Seabrook students attending Sacred Heart School in Hampton, N.H. This is a citizens petition presented by 25 or more Seabrook voters. If approved, the tax impact would be .0127 cents per $1,000 of value.

Article 7 would require the school district warrant and ballot to carry the estimated tax impact for the budget and all special warrant articles.

Registered voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 12, to cast their ballots on the questions on the Seabrook School District Warrant along with the Town Warrant and that from Winnacunnet Cooperative School District.

Polls at the Community/Recreation Center on Lafayette Road will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Voters are reminded to bring picture identification with them to the polls.

Residents not yet registered to vote may do so at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall or at the polls on election day. Proof of residency and age is required for voter registration.