Mason School budget down .8 percent

  • The Mason School District's deliberative session is scheduled for Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/31/2019 9:32:57 AM

The Mason School District budget is proposed this year to be $3.15 million, about a .8 percent drop from last year.

Nearly a third of the district’s expenses are driven by tuition middle and high school students to Milford, which fluctuates year to year based on the student population. The 2019-2020 year is expected to be about $79,000 less than the current year, about a 7 percent drop in tuition expenses. 

School Superintendent and Mason Elementary School Principal Kristen Kivela said in an interview Tuesday the budget reflects 85 students, where last year there were 95. 

Some of the changes in the budget include staff raises, increasing the school psychologist from four days a week to five, adding four additional hours a week to the pre-school teacher’s schedule to allow them to case-manage their own students.

If the budget is not adopted by the district, the default budget is $3.09 million. The default budget is created using last year’s budget, plus any contractual increases, and minus any one-time expenses. The district also has the option to hold one special meeting to take up the issue of revising the operating budget.

Kivela said if the default budget goes into place, the increased hours for the school psychologist and pre-school teacher would be cut, and staff would not get raises this year.

“From there, it gets a little dicey,” she said, of where cuts would have to be made to meet the default budget. “We’ve already made a lot of cuts in supplies, but we would have to make more.”

The food program is another area the school would look to for cuts, she said. 

In addition to the budget, there are two other warrant articles asking for additions to the district’s capital reserve accounts.

Article 4 requests $20,000 to be added to the Educating Educationally Disabled Children capital reserve. Article 5 requests $5,000 for the School Building and Ground Maintenance reserve. 

Both requests would use unreserved funds left over on June 30, and wouldn’t use any taxation.

The deliberative session for the Mason School District will be held at the elementary school on Saturday at 9 a.m. The snow date is Sunday at 2 p.m.


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