District struggles with class sizes

  • The Mascenic Regional School Board, which Chair Jeff Salmonson and Superintendent Ruthann Goguen, met Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/26/2017 11:02:55 AM

Mascenic Regional High School has more than a dozen classes of nine or fewer students this semester, reflecting scheduling issues the administration is trying to correct.

Most of them are electives – including History Through Film and Sculpture – but others including AP English, Honors Pre-calculus and three foreign language classes are not.

“It is a longer list than we’re used to seeing,” Superintendent Ruthann Goguen said. “Things will change next year, obviously, with the art position and a lot of these are art classes.”

School Board Chair Jeff Salmonson said Mascenic Regional High School Principal John Barth is considering ways to settle scheduling issues. This is his first full year as principal at Mascenic.

“It takes a year or two to get the changes,” Salmonson said.

The proposed district budget for the 2017-18 school year has one faculty position cut, a high school art teacher. The district cited low enrollment numbers as the reason for cutting the position, and in a release to parents in November said keeping it would be “fiscally irresponsible.” The deliberative session for residents to discuss the budget is at the high school at 9 a.m., Feb. 4.

At its Monday, Jan. 23, board meeting, administrators decided to send a mailer after the deliberative session informing all residents of Greenville and New Ipswich of the warrant articles up for town vote, including the budget.

The articles can be found on the district website, www.sau.mascenic.org, which is in the process of being upgraded. Portions of the site were down last weekend for several days. The new site is fully constructed, and content is being put into pages.

Goguen said she thinks it will be ready for launch in the next two weeks.

“I think everyone will be happy when they see that,” she said.


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