March 7, 2019

 Dear Families,

 I hope you all had a fabulous February Vacation!  I still can’t believe how quickly this year is going by!  We have been working on the end of the year schedule as well as developing next year’s school calendar.  Once all the dates are finalized we will get that information out to you.

 March 12th is voting day.  The polls are open from 11-7 at the Town Hall.   On the 12th you will be voting on the school budget, warrant articles, and school board members.   This year the proposed budget is down from last year. The biggest decrease can be found in tuition. We are starting a trend in which we are sending the same number of 6th graders to Milford, as the number of 12th graders graduating.  This helps to keep the tuition stable. Other significant decreases in the budget may be found in dental insurance, professional development, and general supplies.

 Even with the budget being down 25 thousand dollars from the current budget we do have some areas of increase.    We are proposing to give the staff 2.5% raises next year, increasing the school psychologist/special education director position from 4 days to 5, and adding extra hours to the preschool teachers contract so that she can provide services to the special education preschool students.  We have increases that are out of our control such as an increase in electricity and heat, yearly bus contract increases, health insurance plan changes, as well as an increase in the school’s contribution to the NH Retirement System.

 This year our default budget is 65 thousand less than the proposed budget.   It is important to understand that if the proposed budget doesn’t pass and we get the default budget there will be no salary increases, we will not be able to increase positions and we will still need to find the funds to pay for the increases that are out of our control.  This will require us to make cuts to other areas of the budget. We have already made many cuts, so having to make more would be very challenging. Please come out on March 12th and exercise your right to vote!

 Other important dates to remember are:

 Friday, March 8th Senior Breakfast – hosted by grade 2

Monday, March 11th Planetarium Show Pk-5th – sponsored by Mason School Club

Tuesday, March 12th  No School and Voting Day

Friday, March 15th Report Cards

Saturday, March 16th Town Meeting at MES Multipurpose Room  – 9am

Monday, March 18th School Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 10th Social Studies Night 6-7

Friday, April 12th Sr Breakfast – hosted by grade 1

Wednesday, April 17th   K-5 Field Trip to Concord

Friday, April 19th Grandparent Lunch

5th Grade Talent Show

 

Think warm thoughts!   

 Kristen