6:30 p.m. Annual Town Meeting Review with Moderator
Budget and Warrant
MTRSD Assessment Amendment, Budge Litchfield and Ken Rocke
Discussion of the Regional agreement amendment which the district requested be on the warrant:
Chapter 70 Program
"The Chapter 70 program is the major program of state aid to public elementary and secondary schools. In addition to providing state aid to support school operations, it also establishes minimum spending requirements for each school district and minimum requirements for each municipality's share of school costs." Chapter 70
"Charter schools are independent public schools designed to encourage innovative educational practices. Charter schools are funded by tuition charges assessed against the school districts where the students reside. The state provides partial reimbursement to the sending districts for the tuition costs incurred." Charter Schools
"The inter-district school choice program under G.L. c. 76, § 12B, allows families to enroll their children in schools in communities other than the city or town in which they reside. Tuition is paid by the sending district to the receiving district." School Choice
Resident public students attending District Schools
Towns pay both a Minimum Local Contribution and an Above Minimum Contribution.
Average MLC and AMB are both about $8,000. Interest of
Estimates on MTRSD may just be one fifth of the assessment. If this is true and the assessment is incremental, then the assessments for the next 5 years would be $13,000 in FY24, then $26,00 in FY25, $39,000 in FY26, $52,000 in FY27, and $65,000 in FY28 and level off at $65,000 every year from then on. In some case the interests of the various towns and the interests of the district are not going to coincide, there are winners and losers.
Acronyms & References
STM 2023 Truck Handout
ADA Accessibility of Sawyer Hall
SB Public Statement on AT&T Tower