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by Jim Frederickson
Chairman, Budget & Property Committee
ConVal School Board

In previous District Financial articles, we’ve provided information about how the school budget is developed and how the District Assessment is used to calculate the “local education” portion of property taxes in the nine towns in the District.

by Jim Frederickson
Chairman, Budget & Property Committee
ConVal School Board

It’s that time of year again from a school budget and property tax bill point of view. And it’s time to start our annual series of articles regarding the financial aspects of running the District.

We’re going to take a different approach this year.

In our continuing commitment to provide an open, transparent, and informative dialog with the ConVal community, your School Board and Administration are pleased to announce the next ConVal quarterly Community Forum. This forum will take place in the Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal High School and via live stream on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7-9 P.M.

November 16, 2021

It is my duty as the Chair to inform the ConVal community that Board Member Jerry Wilson (Peterborough) tendered his resignation from the Board, effective November 30, 2021, or earlier if a replacement could be found before that date.

I would like to take this time to thank Jerry for his years of service devoted to the students and communities of ConVal during his tenure.

Upcoming Events

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January Tuesday
Policy Committee Mtg. @ SAU Office
6:00 pm
18
January Tuesday
School Board Mtg. @ SAU Office
7:00 pm
20
January Thursday
Strategic Plan Committee Mtg. @ SAU
6:00 pm
20
January Thursday
School Board Mtg. & Supplemental Public Hearing on the FY’23 Budget & Warrant Articles
7:00 pm
27
January Thursday
Selectmen’s Advisory Committee Mtg. @ SAU Office
7:00 pm
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February Tuesday
Policy Committee Mtg. @ SAU
6:00 pm

2021-2022 School Board Goals

1. Strategic Plan
The Board will actively engage in the development of a Strategic Plan that is forward thinking, addresses the ConVal mission and vision, includes a defined pathway forward for consolidation / reorganization of the District schools for consideration by District voters, and a thorough identification of maintenance and capital needs for development of a bond proposal in March 2023.

2. Budget and Finance
The Board, in cooperation with the administration, will propose a budget that meets the needs of the District with sensitivity to the burden on taxpayers that we can present to the voters with full transparency and confidence.

3. Communication
The Board, working with the Superintendent, will increase Board communication including proactive communication with the community on Board matters, engagement of the community via forums that allow for a question and answer format, and will develop strong and supportive community connections and strong partnerships with community organizations, state and local agencies, service providers, and businesses.

4. Learning Recovery / Reopening
The Board will support the District’s learning recovery efforts to address the ongoing negative impact of the pandemic on the academic progress of our students.