Mascenic board discussed uniforms, website at March 6 meeting

  • Mascenic Regional School. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/8/2017 8:09:53 PM

The Mascenic Regional School Board held its final meeting before Tuesday’s elections this Monday, March 6, discussing ongoing business.

It has sent an informational flyer to all mailboxes in Greenville and New Ipswich detailing ballot items.

District Director of Technology Matt Ballou addressed the board regarding the recently launched website, which he said was built largely in-house and is completely unique.

“We have a website that no one else has, I think,” he said. “It’s unique to Mascenic.”

He is currently providing instruction to athletics coaches on how to update it with team schedules and information.

The biggest issue of the meeting was a plan for the policy committee to visit the subject of political messaging in athletic uniforms. The issue comes from Mascenic Regional High School basketball players seen wearing socks with President Donald Trump campaign insignias. Superintendent Ruthann Goguen noted that the district did not pay for the socks as part of the uniform.

“I think it’s going to be a muddy, muddy debate for a while,” board member Steve Spratt said.

The topic was brought to exiting policy committee member Tara Sousa, who is not seeking re-election after six years on the board.

“I anticipated there would be some sort of legal policy,” she said. “It looks like it comes down to a policy issue, a school board issue.”

Goguen and board member Rachel Anderson are also on the policy committee for the current term.

Preliminary research by members of the school board show no clear state or NHIAA league rule, but the committee will investigate further.

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