Jaffrey select board, school board meet about apportionment

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:53AM

Jaffrey’s select board and school board representatives met Monday to start the conversation again about school district apportionment.

Jaffrey-Rindge school board chair Laurel McKenzie asked the select board during its Monday meeting if the town would be willing to follow through on a prior statement to add the captured value from Jaffrey’s two TIF Districts – an additional estimated $16.7 million valuation to the town’s $419.4 million net equalized value. 

“At this moment, the school board isn’t considering anything,” said McKenzie when asked about a plan to address the apportionment formula in the future. 

Select board chair Frank Sterling said he has urged that the additional TIF valuation be included in the next budget process. 

School board member Jeff Clark-Kevan said adding the TIF district valuation was a step in the right direction, but also a “token show,” adding that it didn’t make much difference big-picture wise. 

No specific plans were made by either party to address apportionment at the meeting. 

The two boards also discussed a district-owned property straddling the Jaffrey-Rindge border. 

Clark-Kevan said a committee had looked at the property recently and decided to hold onto it, as the money that could be gained wasn’t worth giving up a property that could be used as the location for a new high school down the road. 

Prior to their discussion with the school board, the select board also met with members of the disbanded recycling committee. 

Former committee co-chair Tory McCagg asked the board what they would want a newly formed committee to do, as previous recommendations – such as hiring a manager for the transfer station – had not been followed. 

Sterling said that if the committee was to reform, he would want suggestions on how to make the station more efficient and on better ways to recycle. 

Town Manager Jon Frederick said it was a select board goal to look into the potential hiring of a manger/third person at the transfer station. Frederick said that a decision to reform the recycling committee could come after a decision to bring on a third person/manager. 

The board accepted a $6,000 grant from the Homeland Security Grant Program for EMS Warm Zone Equipment. Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain said he would be able to buy approximately 10 ballistic helmets and bulletproof vests that could be used by first responders to help in active shooter situations.