The Deliberative Session for the Mason School District was held at the Mason Elementary School on Feb. 4 at 9:00 AM.
The Mason School District is governed by the SB2 (Official Ballot Referenda) form of district meetings. The deliberative session is the only opportunity to discuss and amend the proposed budget and other warrant articles. A voting session, held later, allows only a yes or no vote on each article by ballot.
Attending the meeting were 15 registered Mason voters. Of those 15, 12 were present in an official capacity such as school board member, school official, election official, including our local representive to the NH House of Representatives. Only 3 townspeople attended of their own free will.
The meeting opened; board members were introduced. Chair Chris Guiry honored member Rob Doyle for his six years of service on the board. Rob is not seeking another term on the board, saying he wished to concentrate on his career until he retires in a few years.
The deliberative session acted on Articles 3, 4 and 5 of the warrant. Article 3 was the operating budget. The budget proposed by the school board totaled $3,166,237. Should this article fail in the voting session on March 14, the default budget of $3,169,888 shall become the operating budget, unless the school board holds one special meeting to consider a revided operating budget. There was no discussion from the attendees and the article passed unanimously.
Student services director Jonas Taub spoke to Article 4, which asks the school district to add $20,000 TO the previously established Educating Educationally Disabled Children Capital Reserve Fund. This amount will not be raised by taxation, but will be a transfer of funds from unexpended, unreserved funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year. There was no discussion from the attendees and the article passed unanimously.
Article 5 asked for $5,000 to be added to the previously established School Buildings and Grounds Mintenancd cCapital Reserve Fund. As above, this amount will be raised by a transfer of unexpended funds. The article passed unanimously.
The entire session, gavel to gavel, lasted 10 minutes. This beat last year’s session by 2 minutes. The voting session will be on March 14, 2017, in conjunction with voting on matters for the Town of Mason. Polls will be open from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM.