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Town Meeting preview: Mascoma schools’ proposed budget has less than 1% increase, three positions cut

Published: 3/3/2021 9:21:05 PM
Modified: 3/3/2021 9:21:02 PM

Hot topic: Mascoma Valley Regional School District voters will be asked to approve a $29.5 million budget for the 2021-22 school year, a less than 1% increase over the current spending plan.

The proposal includes the reduction of three teaching positions through attrition. The Enfield Village, Canaan Elementary and Indian River schools would each lose an instructor to keeps costs in line with enrollment.

If the budget is defeated, a $29.7 million default budget would take effect.

Noteworthy articles: Voters will be asked to appropriate $75,000 for the district’s facilities capital reserve fund and $25,000 for future upgrades to cafeteria equipment. Both would be paid through budget surpluses, not new taxes.

Contested races: There are no contested races on the district ballot this year. Timothy Josephson is running unopposed for a three-year term representing Canaan on the School Board, while Candace Frye is running to represent Enfield.

When and where: Voting on all warrant articles will take place on Tuesday, March 9. Polls open at 8 a.m. in Grafton at the town’s fire station, and at the same time in Canaan at its fire station. Polls will also open at 8 a.m. in Enfield at the Community Building. Polls open in Orange and Dorchester at 11 a.m. in the Dorchester Town Hall and Orange Town House. All polls close at 7 p.m.

— Tim Camerato

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