We need to understand the financial impact of our school district (MTRSD) agreement and the way the state allocates funds in order to vote in the best interest of our town at ATM (Annual Town Meeting).
Disclaimer: This blog will reflect my views only, not the Heath Select Board, the School Committee members, the Finance Committee, nor Ken Rocke. Ken, as a concerned resident of Heath and in no way in any official capacity, has put in an enormous amount of hours to understand what the new district agreement could mean financially to Heath.
Dated 1/1/24 to keep it at the top of the blog.
Some of my understanding, please correct me in the comment section if I am wrong:
Below are links that Ken Rocke references in his presentation regarding the amendment.
Presentation on the MTRSD Amendment
DESE Chapter 70 Workbook (Excel file)
MTRSD Budget (Excel file)
FY24 Chapter 70 workbooks
DESE RADAR website (Resource Allocation and District Action Reports)
Where do Heath students go to school (go to Page 2 and search on Heath)
MTRSD FY24 budget materials (from MTRSD website)
Charter School tuition costs workbooks (DESE website)
Missing the Mark: on education aid distribution.
Mass Business Alliance for Education (MBAE):
. . . Massachusetts sends more aid to wealthier school districts than the state formula determines they need at the expense of . . . low-income communities.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE]
Mohawk Trail Regional School District [MTRSD]