New Ipswich

Mascenic School District: Default, proposed budget: both sides of the issue

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The deadline to make a decision on the school district budget is looming. School officials are advocating for the default budget, claiming the proposed budget, slashed at the district’s deliberative, will be devastating to the operation of the schools. The other side, however, argues that the towns, particularly New Ipswich, cannot take any more tax burden without breaking. Currently, the district is not recommending the proposed budget, which was reduced at Deliberative Session from $19,295,348 to $17,665,000. The default budget, which the district is now advocating for, is $19,048,560. The district has outlined some cuts that would occur under the proposed budget: 8.6 teacher positions, … 0

New Ipswich: Warwick Mills may rent Building No. 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — The town may have a use for the long-empty Building No. 2, located behind the town offices. The building is virtually abandoned, used only for storage and to house the town’s radio equipment. It formerly housed as the town’s police department and Mascenic School District’s SAU office, but was left … 0

New Ipswich: Petition protests business district

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — A proposed zoning ordinance put forward by petition that would allow commercial enterprises downtown will now have to gain two-thirds support from voters if it is to pass, after a group of landowners submitted a protesting petition against the article. The proposed zoning amendment sets boundaries for the town’s limited commercial district. The zoning ordinance already has provisions for a … 0

New Ipswich:

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW IPSWICH Proposed operating budget: $2,547,838 Default budget: $2,509,734 ∎ New Ipswich’s warrant this year restructures how the town compensates various employees, based on a warrant article approved by the town last year, requiring that the town give approval for wage adjustments and creating new positions. Articles 7, 8 … 0

Mascenic School District: ML

Monday, March 2, 2015

MASCENIC SCHOOL DISTRICT Proposed Operating Budget: $17,665,000 Default Budget: $19,048,560 ∎ Budget: The budget was cut by $1.63 million at the district’s Deliberative Session. The School Board is not recommending the new proposed budget. The district has discussed possible cuts to accommodate the proposed budget if it passes, … 0

New Ipswich/Wilton: Land acquisition funding on town warrants

Monday, March 2, 2015

How Conservation Commissions obtain funds for land acquisition is a question on two town warrants this year. Voters in both New Ipswich and Wilton are asked to decide how much of a local tax can go to purchasing conservation lands and easements. When land enters “current use,” it … 0

Sustainable Steps: Overcoming weight loss resistance

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I can’t tell you how often I sit across the desk from people, women especially, who are very clear that they are doing everything they need to lose weight, including counting calories and regular exercise, but who are … 0

Parent Wise: The many faces of peer pressure

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peer pressure. It’s a term that provokes fear in every parent-fear that children will succumb to the negative influence of classmates and friends to behave in dangerous ways. Parents worry that being liked and a part of the … 0

Editorial: A community that loves its neighbors

Monday, March 2, 2015

In our region, we live in small, tight-knit communities. The hustle and bustle of the big city with its faceless passersby and crowds of strangers is nowhere to be found in the Ledger-Transcript’s coverage area, and it’s safe to say that most of us like it that way. … 0

Letters: Stay realistic on Mascenic budget

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: If Ms. Joly researched my incident, instead of excerpting, she’d have found differently. Snipers resort to odd tactics like attacking the person, thereby dodging the issue. Are not their classroom charges being presented the whole story to allow them to draw their own conclusions? Just … 0


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Once again the taxpayers of New Ipswich find themselves under a vicious attack for trying to keep life affordable. With our faithful local paper leading the charge, we’re made to look like an uncivilized, child-hating group. Nothing could be further from the truth. New Ipswich has one of … 0

Viewpoint: Cuts to the budget, curriculum are off

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At the deliberative session for the Mascenic school budget, I was appalled by the callousness (and ignorance) expressed by the budget cutters. First, Bentii Hoiska (who proposed the $1.6 million cut) told us that the school mission statement, which puts students at the center, was just a rhetorical … 0

Viewpoint: School costs outpacing salaries

Friday, February 27, 2015

There are some folks who still believe that the amended school budget for New Ipswich is too big a reduction. Well here are some facts that should be considered before March 10. Forty years ago the school budget was $1,113,068 in year 1975. Let’s say that inflation averaged … 0