Mascenic presents flat budget

  • Mascenic School Board Chair Steve Spratt and Superintendent Chris Martin discuss the budget with residents during the district's budget hearing on Monday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/8/2020 9:20:05 PM

The Mascenic Regional School Board presented an essentially flat budget to a scant crowd during its budget hearing Monday.

The proposed budget is $19.4 million, a total of just over $9,000 more than last year’s budget. 

Superintendent Chris Martin called the budget “very lean,” during the hearing in the Mascenic High School auditorium.  

Though the district intends to present warrant articles requesting approval of new contract agreements with both the teachers and the support staff for the schools, the contracts had not been finalized by Monday’s budget hearing.

Included in the budget is a 2 percent increase for all staff not already covered by the Mascenic Education Association or Mascenic Educational Support Association unions. In total, the increase is about $57,466.

The district is also planning to make some staffing adjustments, including hiring an English as a second language teacher for $84,681, including salary and benefits, a Response to Instruction part-time teacher at Boynton Middle School for $32,174, and a new English teacher at Mascenic Regional High School for $84,681.

The district is also proposing to eliminate the assistant superintendent position, and instead establish a full-time director of curriculum, for a total cost of $116,189.

The revenue from the state is anticipated to be much higher this year when compared to previous years. The Mascenic School District is anticipating receiving $1,197,156 more in state adequacy grants than the year prior – an increase of about 22.3 percent. The funds will be used to offset the tax rate, though board members stressed that this increase has been advertised by the state as potentially only a one-year boon, and can not be counted on to occur every year moving forward, and the numbers are not yet final.

“It’s a shot in the arm, but it’s a one-year deal,” said School Board Chair Steve Spratt.

The district also intends to request using any funds not spent at the end of the year to bolster three of the district’s capital reserve funds. The district intends to request $25,000 for the special education fund, which is used when a student with special needs moves into the district, requiring services that were not approved in the general budget. The health care capital reserve, which is to offset costs caused by a staff member changing their plan mid-year, would have an additional $10,000 added. The foodservice equipment capital reserve would have $10,000.

The district’s deliberative session is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Mascenic Regional High School.

The snow date is Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at Mascenic Regional High School. 


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