The New Hampshire school funding formula leaves rural and property poor districts poorer every day, as this piece in today’s Union Leader points up.
School Board Member Stephan Morrissey of Francestown observes that the region’s unaffordability for young families means that the school population will continue to decrease as the population continues to age:
Voters in the ConVal Regional School District will decide if they want to consolidate the district’s 11 schools down to five in response to a growing budget and declining enrollment.
School Board Member Stephan Morrissey of Francestown said a combination of factors is forcing the towns of the ConVal district to make hard decisions. The student population is lower than it has been in decades, the state continues to push down costs onto the local districts, and the $45 million district budget continues to grow.
“Fifty million is on the horizon,” Morrissey said.
The district, composed of Peterborough, Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Sharon and Temple, has 11 schools in an approximately 250-square-mile area. Under a warrant article approved by the board, the district would start working on a consolidation plan to get down to five schools. Morrissey said no cuts would be made until 2025 if the plan is adopted.