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Town Meeting preview: Mount Ascutney School District presentation to focus on goals

Valley News
Published: 2/15/2021 4:47:47 PM
Modified: 2/15/2021 4:53:33 PM

Hot topic: Rather than a traditional budget presentation this year, the three school principals in the Mount Ascutney School District have put together a presentation focused on the goals and district-wide changes. “It will be a broader view of how our budget is represented in initiatives within the schools and the values and goals expressed,” School Board Chair Elizabeth Burrows said, adding that the change does not have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, but rather comes out of a desire to be more “student-oriented.”

Budget: Voters will be asked to approve an $11.74 million school budget for the 2021-22 school year. That’s a decrease of around $24,000 or about 0.2% from the spending plan approved last year. Superintendent David Baker attributed the decrease to the 2019 school merger, saying that it allowed the district to save on staff and administrative costs. The homestead tax rates are projected to drop by 8.8 cents per $100 of value, to $1.46, in West Windsor, and decrease by 7.4 cents in Windsor, to $1.42.

Noteworthy articles: One of the articles on the ballot this year asks voters to establish salaries for board members, with $1,250 per year for the chair and $1,000 per year for each of the six members. Burrows said this was a result of the merger, bringing the salaries for West Windsor board members up to par with the salary Windsor board members already received. 

Contested races: There are no contested races this year. Burrows and board member Rebecca Roisman are both running for re-election. 

When and where: An informational meeting is planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 by Zoom. Voting on the budget and elections will take place by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Windsor Municipal Building for Windsor residents, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Story Memorial Hall for West Windsor residents.

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