Flat budget presented for Mascenic

  • The Mascenic School District will present its budget on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Mascenic Regional High School. Ledger-Transcript file photo—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

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Published: 1/1/2020 9:33:36 PM
Modified: 1/1/2020 9:33:15 PM

The Mascenic School District is proposing a flat budget this year, along with new multi-year contracts for its teachers and staff.

Mascenic is scheduled to hold its budget hearing on Monday.

The proposed budget for the upcoming year is $19,371,884. This is a .05 percent increase from last year’s budget of $19,362773 – only about $9,000 more.

“This is a needs-based budget, focused on necessities, with no wish-list thinking,” School Board Chair Steve Spratt said in an interview Monday. 

The budget represents few changes from last year’s operations, Spratt said. The 2019-20 budget included some technology upgrades, including the purchase of classroom Chromebook laptops, which are not included this year. 

Those savings offset the cost of the creation of a new teaching position to assist students speaking English as a second language, Spratt said. 

Spratt said despite not increasing the budget, the district is still moving forward in its commitment to educating students, particularly in expanding its trade opportunities. The district recently re-connected with the ConVal Regional High School’s regional technical center to increase access to trades programs, and Mascenic started its own nursing assistant program, and has been exploring partnerships and internship opportunities with local businesses.

“At the end of the day, every child has a strength, and it’s our job to find out what that is and expose them to those opportunities,” Spratt said. “The community has been tremendously supportive.”

Spratt said in addition to the budget, the district will be presenting two other monetary warrant articles, requesting the approval of multi-year contracts with both the Mascenic Education Association, which includes teachers, nurses, guidance counselors and librarians and the Mascenic Support Staff Association, which includes teaching assistants, special education one-to-one assistants, and special education assistants and classroom teaching assistants. 

Negotiations with the Mascenic Support Staff Association for a two-year contract has concluded, according to Spratt, but the School Board is scheduled to finish its negotiations with the Mascenic Education Association on Friday. Final figures for both contracts are anticipated to be available by the district’s budget hearing on Monday.

There are two School Board positions on the ballot this year. Greenville’s at-large position, currently held by Tom Falter, and a New Ipswich seat currently held by Mike Pellerito. Pellerito has announced his intention to re-run for his position.

Candidates for School District offices must file for candidacy at the office of the Superintendent between the dates of Jan. 22 and Jan. 31. There is a filing fee of $1 or candidates may submit a petition of nomination with five signatures of registered voters in the district.

Petition warrant articles must be submitted to either the School Board, one of its members or the office of the Superintendent by 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 for bond issues and Jan. 14 for any other matter. Petition articles must be accompanied by signatures of at least 25 registered voters of the district.

The Mascenic School District public hearing on the budget is planned for Monday at 6 p.m. at the Mascenic Regional High School in New Ipswich. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 




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