2016 Keene School District Ballot Results

education674 ballots were cast at the polls this past Tuesday. This represents a dismal 3.8% of the district’s 17,898 registered voters. Last year 1,114 ballots were cast (6.2%). It should be noted that the Keene School District employs approximately 671 individuals.

As usual, voters were given only two options as far as the operating budget was concerned. Both were increases from the previous year. The smaller increase was passed. All other warrants which involved increases in yearly operating expenses were passed overwhelmingly. The average results for all of the school sponsored warrants were 500 for/160 against.

As far as the petitioned warrant articles (3 of which were amended at the deliberative session), the tax cap of 10% failed 298 to 334. The reduction of $500 per student failed 294/349. The withdrawal from SAU29 failed 168/467.

Here is a complete breakdown of the ballot results.

It’s very clear to me that the taxpayers of Keene are being held hostage by a very small percentage of the overall population. In this case I believe a large portion of them are involved directly within the school system. In my four years in Keene, I have encountered an overwhelming majority of keene residents who are unhappy with the out-of-control spending from both city and school and the subsequent tax rate, but for some reason they can’t be bothered to make it out to the polls for 30 minutes out of their day. I won’t lie to you, it is an extremely discouraging process. I can understand completely why so many have given up entirely. Anyways, stand by for next year. I’ll be at it again.

Keene Sentinel article covering Tuesday’s results.

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  1. Keene is a lost cause, get out while you still can.

    Communists from Taxachusetts outnumber Liberty people by too far a number. Proximity to Taxachusetts makes all. towns below the notch un-safe for Liberty.

  2. Ironic that government schools purport to be teaching kids that bullying is wrong…

    Yet if you mention the means used to fund schools (a threat of home seizure) bleating sychophants simply start chewing their cuds on the other side of their mouths.

  3. the shoulda listed the write ins

  4. Every time one of these ‘freekeeners” try to push for less school taxes, they lose.

    First off, Keene school district ranks #10 as best schools in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is #15 in America with the best school system. That is 15 out of 50. As you can plainly see, Parents and others want their children to get the best education they can. They are also willing to pay for it.

    Conan you constantly fail at this.

  5. @Jumping Jacks: Keene is one of the worst schools in the entire state. Anyone who actually lives in NH knows that. Your fevered imaginings that it is somehow one of the best just proves that you are not even vaguely familiar with NH.

  6. Bye bye Free Keene the FSP doesn’t want you anymore! Deviants!

  7. @JumpingJacks

    That statistic you keep quoting has already been discredited in another thread, Jacks. In that thread, another poster (Lester) correctly pointed out that the high school ranking system provided by USN&WR deliberately excludes private schools from their rankings. This makes it an unreliable metric at best and it’s very dishonest of you to continue referencing it when you obviously know better.

    Interestingly, another site, SchoolDigger, comes to a very different conclusion. Amongst all schools in NH, it ranks Keene High School near the bottom (61 out of 77). That’s quite a significant disparity in rankings isn’t it, Jacks?

    Can you answer a question for me? Why do you continue to try and construct false narratives referencing statistics and other data that have already been pointed out as poorly compiled or outright inaccurate? Do you think that other people’s regard to these sorts details is as faulty as yours is, Jacks?

  8. Flint, Drac Vermell – As usual your source of information is so flawed. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-hampshire


    Is the real source. Keene school district is #10 in the state. Do you go to any PTA meetings? I thought not. In the United States, New Hampshire ranks number 15th in the USA. As I have said before, your information was not based upon real academic studies. Your findings are based upon biased surveys. Too bad you you know different.

    It is also to bad you will bash the state and school system you live in. Since this is about “money” this proves you and Drac Vermell’s opinions are up to the highest bidder. You are selling your souls for money. You are selling who and what you are to money even at the expense of bashing the home state you live in. How pathetic. You and the rest of the freekeene gang will never influence how much money the school budget needs per year and will get. The schools are not selling children, they are giving them an education to succeed not too turn out as bitter freekeeners like you two and the rest of the freekeene bunch.

  9. Free Keene has been cut off from the FSP as we speak. I have been preaching this idea for a while and is coming to fruition. Can’t say I told you so.

  10. If by “surveys”, Jacks, you mean such data as annual test scores submitted by the NHDoE, then you’re either being deliberately dishonest here or it’s you who doesn’t understand the difference. Judging by the unintelligible nonsense that composes the rest of you reply, it’s clearly the latter.

    Regardless, Jacks, when obtaining services from other people, money is always one of the concerns. Are you really so stupid that you’re unable to understand that? Most people want to obtain the best services for the least amount of resources. Public schools in NH don’t seem to provide that sort of value, though. In 2013, the average amount of all education expenditures in NH for K-12 (including operations, tuition, transportation, education tools, building maintenance, and interest) came to nearly $16,000 per pupil. Yet the average tuition for private schools nationally was only $9,500. It’s interesting that a small state like NH has such a wide disparity when compared to the national average isn’t it?

  11. Drac Vermell – I have already posted the links to prove you wrong. The rest is gravy. You seem to forget private schools limit their choices for students. They have the right to turn students away who apply. Public schools can’t do that.

    You see, it doesn’t matter what you think, school budgets will go up every year and they will get their money because people choose to invest in an educated child who can be more successful over a burnt out freekeener and especially a church lady such as yourself. Every time conan plays these games he always loses. Just like you and Flint.

  12. @Jumping Jacks: Posting the same lies over and over again does not make them true. The Keene schools are among the worst in the state. Anyone who actually lives in NH knows that.

    And no, this isn’t just about money, on this end. That’s what it is on your end, as you repeatedly prove. You don’t care about educating children, but solely about dumping money into schools. You’d be happy with a school which does not produce even a single graduate, as long as it had a huge budget.

    Some of us actually care about educating children, so we want schools that actually perform. We want schools which result in graduates who are given the education necessary to succeed in life. Lousy schools like Keene are consistently failing to do that. And they want to be paid more and more for worse and worse results. Which means that they are actually being encouraged to do poorly. You and yours are actually degrading the level of education that children get.

  13. You’re continuing to fail in supporting your position here, Jacks. Public schools most certainly can turn away students, and they do. As I’m sure you’re aware, students can only attend the public school in the district they reside in. If parents wish to send their children to better public school in other districts, they’re out of luck. In fact, doing so is illegal. Parents have even been threatened with incarceration for this. That’s the primary problem with socializing education, Jacks, you’re stuck with whatever educational services your public school district provides and have no choice but to pay for it, regardless of its quality.

    Worse still, if parents wish to send their children to better private schools, and decide to avoid the public school system entirely, they have to suffer having their own financial resources perpetually diluted with increasingly burdensome property taxes. You refer to this phenomenon disingenuously as “investment”, ignoring the fact that if there are parents not benefiting from this arrangement, it’s just a cost – a cost that is nonrefundable. It’s troubling to me how you continue to introduce terms like these when it’s apparent that you’re unfamiliar with their actual meanings. This has been a recurring issue with you, Jacks. Is that why you feel the need to lie about your education? You hope that by lying about your credentials you think you’ll avoid any serious criticism of your arguments even if they’re completely irrational?

  14. You’ve said before, Flint, it’s like Jacks lives in a cave.

  15. @Drac Vermell: Even if one were to accept wholeheartedly the argument that education should be paid for with taxes, that could be accomplished by using the same money to send the children to schools that are actually good, rather than the utterly-horrible schools that Keene runs. The amount that’s being paid for a substandard education could, instead, purchase a well-above-average education. Regardless of where the money was coming from; most of those who complain about education taxes do not do so because they resent educating children, but because they resent the massive waste and corruption. If they felt like they were actually getting their money’s worth instead of knowing that it’s just being diverted to line the pockets of the corrupt, most would not complain.

  16. Finally, a sensible and honest discussion.Thank you Flint.

    And you’re exactly right, there would be far fewer complaints if educrats would hold up their end of the deal. I’ve made a similar argument regarding the bureaucracies running municipal parking services. But as you’re well aware, the root of the corruption (and why it persists) is this – government cannot maintain a high level of quality in the services they provide because their profit incentives are not managed by market forces. Instead of being required to compete for customers, they obtain profits through edict and are always guaranteed payment, even if they don’t even provide the service at all. In the case of education, when the parents complain about poor quality, the school board’s answer is always to raise taxes. Yet the quality of their services often remains pretty much exactly the same. Parents must deepen their pockets for a service of declining quality, while teachers and administrators get paid more. When customers do not have the option to withdraw their support, as well as their paychecks, this arrangement predictably spirals out of control.

  17. Oh boo-fucking-hoo, Conan.

    Sour grapes just because you and your FK friends didn’t get their way – again.

    People can choose to participate or not – isn’t that the mantra that all of you dipshits preach? The next thing you know you will be looking to exclude voters if they work for the school department.

    Looks like that “overwhelming majority” of yours doesn’t exist or doesn’t care enough to show up and vote your way.

    Keep sending in those tax checks, Conan – or face the consequences.

  18. You didn’t think your statement through very carefully before you typed it, Eddie. That’s why it doesn’t make any sense. In what way is a choice being presented to you when you’re forced to pay for a service you neither want nor use? Does the option to land softly exist if you jump out of an airplane without a parachute?

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