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Mohawk budget hearing Wednesday

  • Mohawk Trail Regional School buses line up on the last day of school in 2017. Recorder file photo



Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 01, 2018

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District now has member town assessment calculations for its $19.9 million budget proposal, and will hold a public hearing on its budget request Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m., in the Mohawk Trail Regional School.

The budget represents a 2.5 percent, $484,558 increase over the current year’s school budget, of $19,448,711. However, $215,000 in revolving funds from the district’s “excess-and-deficiency” account and $350,000 in transportation revolving funds have been used to reduce overall assessments to member towns.

Increases in the Mohawk District’s budget include $606,540 (6.4 percent) for teaching staff and instruction — an addition of at least nine full-time-equivalent teaching staff. There is also a $237,219 tuition increase (or 9 percent) for tuition for out-of-district special education placement, charter schools and School Choice. Budget reductions this year include a $202,674 savings in operations and $225,317 savings in benefits and insurance.

Each town’s school assessment is based on the town’s enrollment average percentage within the elementary and secondary school and the minimum required contribution for education, which is set by the state, based on each town’s economic criteria.

The requested school assessment for each town, with operating and capital assessments combined, are as follows:

Ashfield: $2.3 million — a $37,774 (1.6 percent) increase.

Buckland: $2.3 million — a $103,383 (4.5 percent) increase.

Charlemont: $1.6 million — a decrease of $73,366 or 4 percent decrease.

Colrain: $2 million — an increase of $74,245 or 3.75 percent.

Hawley: $424,457 — a $10,000 (2.3 percent) decrease.

Heath: $840,000 — a $1,940 decrease.

Plainfield: $772,826 — a 4.6 percent increase of $34,331.

Shelburne: $2.3 million — a $29,000 decrease (1.2 percent).