To see if the School District will vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Hampton School Board and the Seacoast Education Association covering the four year period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020 which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing levels:
and further raise and appropriate the sum of $239,020 for the 2016-17 fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels in accordance with the most recent collective bargaining agreement. (Majority vote required.)
What it means: School officials have negotiated with the Seacoast Education Association, representing about 120 teachers. The amounts noted represent less than 1% increases, plus additional “step” increases. The voters must now approve the increase.
Those in favor say: These negotiations, similar to other collective bargaining agreements in town, are a compromise between “give backs” related to health insurance, and the need to maintain competitive salaries for teachers in Marston School, Centre School and Hampton Academy.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at public hearings.
Fiscal Impact: The average Hampton home valued at $329,000 would bear an increased tax cost of $28.29 in 2016 if this Article passes. Subsequent years included in the contract would increase the average homeowners taxes by about $30.00 per year.