School Board Threatens Cuts to Personnel – 1/25/16

Nazareth School Board Meeting – January 25, 2016



The meeting started at 7:00 tonight, instead of 7:30, to interview replacement candidates for Linda MacDonald’s position, but no one applied. 

The Board will continue the search for another member.



Due to state regulations, the board must approve a tentative budget by January 29th.  Several members expressed frustration with state legislature, which has yet to produce their own budget and encouraged residents to contact their state officials. Members feel the state should have allowed school boards an extension on this process.

Typically, NASD approves a final budget in April. This year that approval will probably be pushed to June.

The 2016-2017 budget is in the amount of $81,900,248 which is a 6.5% increase over the current budget.

Several board members said cuts to school personnel will have to be made in order to keep tax increases under the index.



CIT receives students from 5 districts, including Nazareth. Their request for funding from Nazareth is decreasing slightly because enrollment has decreased.

Northampton Community College: Currently, NCC has 569 students from Nazareth enrolled at its facility. Dr. Erickson’s request for funding is a slight increase of what was received last year ($941)

Dr. Riker expressed appreciation for both CIT and NCC for serving the students of Nazareth.

The CIT and NCC funding requests will be presented and voted on at the February 22 Board Meeting.



Due to road conditions, Scott Shearer was not available to present on refinancing school bonds, but the motion (III) passed anyway.

Motions III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX (with an amendment to E) all passed.


The board meeting for February 8th has been cancelled. The board will be attending a retreat at CIT that evening.

The board passed a motion to release litigation with a subcontractor and accept $41,500 as payment for defective windows and masonry work at the Intermediate School.


Becky Bartlett is an Upper Nazareth resident and covers these meetings because residents have a right to be informed about what their government is doing. 



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