Mascenic to vote on bargaining agreements for teachers, support staff

  • With a turnout of about 15 people, the Mascenic School District flew through its review of the budget and warrant in less than an hour, with no amendments during its deliberative session on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/10/2020 9:00:12 PM

With a turnout of about 15 people, the Mascenic School District flew through its review of the budget and warrant in less than an hour, with no amendments during its deliberative session on Wednesday.

“It was very low attendance, and it was over before 7 p.m.,” said School Board member Julie Lampinen on Thursday. “There were no changes made to any of the articles.”

The budget for the district this year is set at $19.37 million. The default budget is $18.96 million.

The budget includes an additional staff position for an English teacher at Mascenic Regional High School, and a district-wide teacher for students for whom English is a second language. The district also plans to eliminate its assistant superintendent position and replace those duties with a director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. 

Voting on all school district articles will be done at the polls on March 10, in the respective polling locations for New Ipswich and Greenville.

Both the teacher and support staff unions have proposed collective bargaining agreements on the warrant this year. 

The Mascenic Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers, would receive salary increases totaling $208,437 in the first year and $220,735 in the second, under the proposed bargaining agreement.

Support staff, which includes aides and paraprofessionals, have a proposed three-year agreement which would increase salaries by $20,396 in the first year, $20,558 in the second and $20,840 in the third.

If voters don’t adopt either the agreement for the teachers or the support staff, the district also has articles requesting the district allow them to renegotiate and hold a special meeting to readdress the collective bargaining agreements.

The district is asking for additions to three capital reserve accounts, all of which would come from unexpended funds at the end of the year, if they are available.

The first would be $25,000 for the special education capital reserve. This reserve is used when a student with special education needs moves into the district mid-year and requires services that were not budgeted for. 

The second is $10,000 for the district’s healthcare capital reserve, which is used if a staff member has a qualifying life event and switches to a more expensive healthcare option.

The third is $10,000 for the food service equipment capital reserve. 

“We know we have aging equipment in the kitchen. We’ve already had to make a couple of repairs to equipment,” Lampinen said.


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