Hawlemont schools plan budget hearing

  • Hawlemont Regional School. The school district will discuss the proposed budget at a hearing Tuesday. Recorder File Photo

Recorder Staff
Sunday, February 11, 2018

CHARLEMONT — The Hawlemont Regional School District will hold a public hearing on a level-funded, $2.1 million budget proposal for the coming school year on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hawlemont Regional School library. School Committee members may vote to adopt the budget proposal at this meeting.

According to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s central office, both Charlemont and Hawley are likely to see decreases for their Hawlemont and Mohawk school assessments combined.

The Mohawk Trail Regional High School budget proposal, with a 2.49 percent operating increase, will raise member towns’ assessment by an overall 1 percent increase. But Charlemont’s combined Mohawk/Hawlemont assessment is likely to drop by 4.5 percent, according to Stephen Nembirkow, director of finance and business operations. Charlemont’s Mohawk operating and capital assessment will drop from $866,923 to $777,840 — a $89,000 savings. But the Hawlemont operating and capital assessment will rise by about $15,717 — from $825,203 to $840,920 for fiscal year 2019.

Hawley’s combined assessments, he said, will drop by about 2.3 percent. For Hawlemont alone, Hawley’s operating and capital assessment will drop by about $10,000, from $434,478 to $424,457 next year. Hawley’s Mohawk school costs will go up by $7,613 this year.

Charlemont provides about 78 percent of the Hawlemont students, and 21 percent of the students are from Hawley.