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Mason school district budget to grow 



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Mason School District’s proposed budget is set to rise less than one percent over the one it’s currently operating under.

The proposed budget is set for about $3.179 million. The sum doesn’t include warrant articles.

There are two proposed warrant articles that could potentially bump the proposed budget up even more; the first aims to collect $20,000 for an educationally disabled children capital reserve fund, and the second that would earmark $5,000 to the school building and grounds maintenance capital reserve fund.

Superintendent/ Principal Kristen Kivela said there wasn’t a large turnout or many comments during its deliberative session.

The proposed budget also includes implementing full-day kindergarten. Kivela said it seemed like a good time to make the move from part-time to full-day kindergarten because of a reduction in tuition costs due to a smaller number of students attending Milford middle and high schools and a recent bill that increases state funding for kindergarten.

Gov. Chris Sununu passed a bill last summer that will increase state funding for communities offering full-day kindergarten. The state currently pays about $1,800 per full-day kindergarten student, but will up that amount by about $1,100 per full-day kindergarten student starting in 2019. The state might provide even more money on top of that depending on how much money is generated by a newly legalized keno lottery, which is generally played in bars and restaurants. It will be up to each community to decide if it will allow people to play the game at local businesses.

If the budget were to fail, the district would fall back on the budget it’s currently operating under. 

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.