Recent Announcements

2018 MVSD Annual Meeting (Update) - 3.8.18 -

posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:28 AM by Mark MacLean

Dear MVSD Community:

Please accept this communication as an update regarding plans for the 2018 MVSD Annual Meeting and Polling Hours. New England is preparing for another March nor'easter and in the Concord area, we are hearing the potential for 8-14 inches of snow. According to the National Weather Service, local forecasters, and the NH Department of Safety (HSEM), The Concord area will not see much accumulation prior to 4pm on Wednesday (less than an inch). However, exercising caution, we have cancelled all afternoon activities for MVSD schools on Wednesday and there will not be any late bus service. The accumulation is expected to begin piling up later in the evening and into the early morning hours on Thursday. At this point, we are going to wait and see to determine the status for MVSD schools on Thursday. We hope the timing will allow for a delayed opening at worse. We will broadcast the message regarding the status of schools on Thursday as we do for other weather-related issues.

Regardless of the weather and potential delay/closing of schools, polls for the MVSD School Board elections WILL BE OPEN from 11am to 7pm on Thursday 3.8.18 (at MVHS). The District has been advised by legal counsel (who collaborated with the Secretary of State's office and the Attorney General's office), that we cannot postpone the polling hours. As such, our intent is to also hold the MVSD Annual Meeting on Thursday at 7pm (at MVHS). We are hopeful that although the early hours of polling may pose some travel difficulties, the timing of the storm and associated cleanup will allow ample opportunity for safe travel to the polling location. Additionally, the timing of the storm seems to indicate that holding the Annual Meeting as planned at 7pm on Thursday evening is appropriate and that roads will be cleared in plenty of time.

Thank you for your support, understanding, and collaboration.

2018 - MVSD Annual Meeting

posted Feb 25, 2018, 9:20 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 12:36 PM ]

The 2018 MVSD Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Polls for Board elections open at 11am and close at 7pm. Once the polls close, the Annual Meeting will commence. All this takes place at the Merrimack Valley High School (MVHS). The attached PDFs below are:
  • The 2018 MVSD Annual Report
  • UPDATED Projected Tax Rates
  • UPDATED Superintendent's Submission to the Annual Report
As the Annual Report went to print, we heard back from the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) on how to report an anticipated revenue. On this year's Warrant, the Board is seeking voter approval to purchase a property abutting Boscawen Elementary School (BES). After a right-of-way easement is established on this property (to serve as a secondary emergency egress to BES), the property will be listed for resale. The proceeds from that anticipated sale are now part of the estimated revenues for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This anticipated revenue impacts the estimated District Assessment for 2018-2019 (lowers it) and also impacts the potential tax impact of the proposed 2018-2019 budget (lower). We hope this information is useful to the legislative body (voters) as they prepare to cast their votes at the 2018 MVSD Annual Meeting. Thank you for your participation and support!

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.

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