Leak and Choquette take school board seats in Mason

By ASHLEY SAARI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 03-29-2023 11:12 AM

Incumbent Timothy Leak will return to his seat on the Mason School Board this year, joined by Nathaniel Choquette, who will be taking the seat left vacant by Bradley Gilbert, who did not run for re-election.

Leak and Choquette were up for the two open seats this year against a field of a total of four candidates, including Robert Bokofser and John Suiter. Choquette had the highest vote count, with a total of 96, followed by Leak with 87. Suiter had 57 votes, and Bukofser 48.

In addition to the School Board, Rebecca Partridge was re-elected as the district clerk with 161 votes, and Dotsie Millbrandt will be taking the role of School District Moderator after the retirement of long-time seat holder Catherine Schwenk, with 159 votes.

All articles passed for the Mason School District, including the proposed budget and additions to capital reserves.

The budget for the coming year was proposed at $3,687,538, and was passed by the voters in a 129 to 47 vote.

Article four requested $20,000 to the district’s Educating Educationally Disabled Children Capital Reserve Fund in a 138 to 38 vote.

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Article five allows $10,000 from the fund balance for the district’s Healthcare Capital Reserve Fund in a 120 to 41 vote.

Article six puts $10,000 for the School Building and Grounds Maintenance Capital Reserve in a 129 to 33 vote.

Article seven puts $25,000 for the Unanticipated Tuition Cost Capital Reserve Fund in a 118 to 41 vote. Mason school children attend the Milford School District after leaving Mason Elementary School, and pay a per-student tuition fee. The fund is used for students who move into the district part-way though the year, and were not budgeted for in advance.

Funds for all articles with the exception of the overall budget are to be taken from the end of year fund unspent funds, and not taken from the coming year’s taxation.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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