Recent Announcements

MVSD Safety and Security

posted Feb 19, 2018, 1:39 PM by Mark MacLean

We mourn for the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Incidents such as these remind us to value, support, and foster a strong school-home connection. We need open and collaborative communications to further grow our partnership in support of educating active learners and good citizens. The PDF below provides parents some resources and ideas in speaking with their children about violence and traumatic events. Having these types of conversations with young people are not easy. We are grateful to parents who also broach these difficult topics at home. At our schools, age-appropriate discussions have been taking place.

We continue to bolster our security efforts, preparedness, infrastructures, and training as well. The MVSD Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) indicates some of our future priorities in further securing our schools. Working together, we can have a positive impact in our quest to end these senseless acts of violence that are too frequently occurring in our society.

Kindergarten Registration

posted Feb 16, 2018, 11:30 AM by Katie Keyser   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 11:41 AM ]

If you have a child 5 years of age by September 30, 2018 it is time to register them for Kindergarten! Click here for more information.

MVSD - General Budget Information

posted Feb 7, 2018, 2:07 PM by Mark MacLean

Each year the Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) brings a budget to our communities and asks for your support in educating the children of our District and maintaining and/or upgrading our facilities and infrastructures. Constituent approval takes place at the annual meeting in March, but the process of creating a budget is a continuous effort throughout the year. This document (linked below) was created to explain the MVSD budgeting process in an effort to facilitate collaboration and communication. Please direct any questions you have about the budgeting process to Superintendent Mark MacLean – mmaclean@mvsdpride.org. Thank you for reading.

2018 MVSD Public Hearing Documents

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:08 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 5:09 PM ]

The two documents below are from the 1.30.18 MVSD Public Hearing - 
  • Public Hearing Packet - a multipage PDF that includes the Draft Warrant, overview budget information (proposed 2018-2019 budget), estimated tax rates, an infographic, and a description of budget functions
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) information - information relative to the history of IB in the MVSD and future plans as we part ways with the IB framework

Calling all SUBSTITUTES!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 11:20 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 11:25 AM ]



Looking for part-time work? Looking for school hours? Home on school break? Hoping to make connections within a school district? If so, the MVSD is looking for you as a substitute teacher!

Please join the Merrimack Valley School District Elementary Principals for a meet and greet on Friday, January 26th from 9:00 am - 11:00am at Boscawen Elementary School - 1 B.E.S.T. Avenue, Boscawen, NH 03303. In the event that MVSD Schools are closed on 1.26.18, the event will be rescheduled.

Please bring your resume and 3 letters of reference. Requirements to sub include 2 years of higher education. Interested in subbing, but can’t make it? Call Stephanie Wheeler at 648-2467.

Winter Weather is Here!

posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:10 PM by Mark MacLean

When we suspect weather might be an issue, an intricate process begins "behind the scenes." The previous evening, MVSD personnel are put on alert and asked to have their phones with them and to prepare for early communications. At around 4am, SAU and District personnel begin texting and chatting about the road conditions and what will be best for students. We also reach out to road agents and colleagues (other local school decision makers). We closely monitor WMUR, AccuWeather, and other radars; the forecast heavily influences the ultimate decision. In the MVSD, the first buses are typically on the road by about 6am and employees are pre-tripping buses up to an hour before that (depending on the weather). With information and forecasts in hand, the goal is to come to a conclusion about school cancellation by approximately 5:30am. It is a very collaborative and communicative process, but in the end it is the superintendent's decision.

Sometimes forecasts are not correct (a benefit of living in New England) and we have to deal with wintry road conditions. Our bus drivers are all very well trained and take every precaution in ensuring student safety. We will continue to strive to make the best decisions we can. Please let the dropping temperatures and forecasted snow serve as a reminder to ensure that your family cars are ready for these upcoming months. The following link is from a private site (http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/winterize-car.php). This link provides insight and resources for readying your cars for a New Hampshire winter. As always we value your continuing support and partnership.

In addition to placing school closing information on our websites, school closing notifications are posted on WMUR (television and website). Parents are also notified via the contact information we have on file in our Student Information System (please connect with your local school if you do not receive these calls). Finally, closing notifications are also sent out via a Remind notification. If you would like to sign up for that, please follow the directions on the MVSD home page or click the following link - https://www.remind.com/join/mvsd.

MVSD Budget Development Information

posted Nov 29, 2017, 1:42 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:06 AM ]

Each year in developing our budget, the Merrimack Valley School District asks for your support in our mission of "Ensuring that ALL students are provided with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to prepare them for college, career, and citizenship." This is an extraordinarily lofty and challenging mission and our focus is on our students. We strive to spark a passion in and engage all of our unique learners. With that in mind, we also endeavor to be conscientious and conservative in our budget development. We take our charge as stewards of taxpayer's money very seriously. Although our overall budget has not increased significantly in the past 4-years, school districts, towns, and cities in NH are all facing decreasing revenues that typically help offset certain expenses and provide financial support in our budgets. 

The Merrimack Valley School Districts uses the following calculation to divide educational costs out to our MV communities: 

Total Approved Budget (inclusive of all warrant articles) - Revenues = District Assessment

The District Assessment is then allocated (apportioned) to each town based on the number of resident students (ADMA - or Average Daily Membership in Attendance). From that amount (combined with town/city property valuations), the education portion of local tax bills are set.

Here are some numbers to provide context to this formula:

The overall budget has remained relatively stable (slow increase)...

Total Approved Budget
 (inclusive of all warrant articles) - in the past 4-years the overall increase of the approved budget is 1.89%
  • 2014-2015 Total Approved and Appropriated Budget = $39,288,352
  • 2015-2016 Total Approved and Appropriated Budget = $38,895,341 (down from previous year by approximately 1.0%)
  • 2016-2017 Total Approved and Appropriated Budget = $39,539,447 (up from previous year by approximately 1.66%)
  • 2017-2018 Total Approved and Appropriated Budget = $40,031,166 (up from previous year by approximately 1.24%)
Revenues from the state and federal government are decreasing (faster decrease)...

Revenues
 Received (Adequacy, Statewide Education Property Tax, Catastrophic/Special Education Aid, Medicaid, and other revenues such as rent and tuition monies received) - in the past 4-years the total decrease in revenues is 10.12%. It should be noted that the state used to provide some funding for the New Hampshire State Retirement System that all full and half-time employees are required to contribute to (with mandatory employer contributions as well). Currently the state does not contribute any money towards this expense
  • 2014-2015 Total Revenues = $19,036,246
  • 2015-2016 Total Revenues = $17,802,595 (down from previous year by approximately 6.5%)
  • 2016-2017 Total Revenues = $17,773,340 (down from previous year by approximately .16%)
  • 2017-2018 Total Revenues = $17,109,769 (down from previous year by approximately 3.73%)
As a result the District Assessment and property taxes are increasing...

District Assessment
 - the total amount to be raised via property taxes (parsed out to each town based on their resident student enrollment) - in the past 4-years the total percentage increase to the District Assessment is 13.18%
  • 2014-2015 District Assessment = $20,252,312
  • 2015-2016 District Assessment = $21,092,746 (up approximately 4.15%)
  • 2016-2017 District Assessment = $21,766,107 (up approximately 3.19%)
  • 2017-2018 District Assessment = $22,921,397 (up approximately 5.31%)
The District will continue to make students our priority and provide all of our students with the best educational opportunities we can. We will also continue to do this in the most cost-effective manner we can. Strong educational systems are a foundation of thriving communities. We value our effective partnership with our communities as well as the support the MVSD has received in striving toward our mission. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SAU if you have any questions about our mission and the budget. Respectfully submitted - Mark MacLean, SAU #46 (Merrimack Valley and Andover) Superintendent of Schools


MVSD Newsletter

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:20 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 22, 2017, 10:06 AM ]

Long Range Planning in the MVSD is an important aspect to our ongoing mission and vision, as well as our communication efforts with all of our stakeholders. The MVSD Strategic Plan for 2017-2018 can be accessed by following this link. Under Focus Area #1 - Communication, the re-initiation of a District Newsletter is identified among our measurements. As such, we are pleased to bring you the MVSD District Newsletter.

MVSD Strategic Plan - 2017 - 2018

posted Oct 16, 2017, 10:28 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 22, 2017, 10:09 AM ]

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The previous MVSD Long Range Plan expired at the end of the 2017 school year. In preparation for that, during the 2016-2017 school year the Board's Long Range Planning Committee surveyed stakeholders in the MVSD's Learning Community (Students, Parents, Residents, Employees...) to determine their perceptions and values in regards to our District and educational priorities. Over 550 responses helped the committee establish the focus areas for the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan. Instead of a 5-year Long Range Planning document, the committee has crafted an annual Strategic Plan with focused priorities and measurements. Two broad areas, Communications and Curriculum, overarch these specific objectives. Our goal is to continually partner with our communities in our educational efforts. This planning document is a resource in that endeavor. Thank you for your support of the MVSD!

Stop Bullying

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:59 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 12:59 PM ]

Bullying is an extraordinarily important topic facing students, parents, families, and schools. The MVSD is committed to increasing awareness and education, while proactively partnering with our constituents to end bullying. The following link leads you to a website that provides definitions, processes, and helpful resources in this effort. 

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