Masconomet Public Hearings Scheduled for February 27
Budget and School Choice To Be Discussed
On Monday, February 27 the Masconomet Regional School District School Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss the Draft Fiscal 2018 Budget and whether or not to participate in School Choice next year. The meeting will be held in the Masco High School Library. All members of the Tri-Town community are encouraged to attend.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. The Committee has invited state government representatives to speak at the beginning of the meeting regarding the current state funding for education and their expectations for funding in the future. Audience members may also use this opportunity to address their state representatives with school-related funding and other concerns. The public hearing on the Fiscal 2018 Budget will officially begin after any comments our state representatives may have. The public hearing on School Choice will begin immediately after the public hearing on the budget, but no earlier than 8:00 pm.
Draft Fiscal 2018 Budget
The Draft Budget will be available on Masco’s website on February 13 at (insert link.) The budget was developed during the months of December and January through a series of Masco administration leadership meetings and meetings with the School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee. School Committee meetings to deliberate the budget will occur on February 15 and 16. The annual budget hearing is required by state law and allows all who are present the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the Draft Budget. Subsequent budget deliberation meetings will be held after the public hearing in March (6, 8, 13, 15) to finalize and certify the budget.
State law requires every school committee to hold a public hearing each year to hear from community members on whether or not the district should participate in the School Choice program. If a district decides to participate in School Choice, the district would also determine the number of students from other districts that would be allowed to attend the district schools. The School Committee must take a vote annually prior to June 1 regarding their participation in School Choice during the upcoming school year. Masconomet has not participated in the School Choice program since the 1990s. For the community’s convenience, the School Committee has decided to hold the annual School Choice public hearing on the same night as the Budget Hearing.