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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Selectmen 2018-07-31

Selectmen Meeting Minutes

July 31, 2018

Present: Carl Newton, Linda Paris, Diane Callahan

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM by Mr. Newton.

Kimberly Saunders, Conval Superintendent, and Jim Fredrickson, Sharon School Board Representative also in attendance.

Ms. Saunders discussed ADM and valuation:

  • ADM can change with the student population and affects the State of NH adequacy grant.

  • ADM is two years behind for the calculation of property taxes.

  • Valuation does not change significantly from year to year.

  • The State of NH adequacy grant is a wild card, the amount depends upon a vote of the Legislature.

  • Removing a child from the ADM affects the adequacy grant for the town and the District can lose any entitlement dollars for that child.

Discussion about a child who does not live in the District, but claimed residency in Sharon.  Ms. Saunders explained that the District could try to pursue reimbursement. They could try to collect from the other District, who might just say "to bad".  They could send a demand letter to the parents which could result in attorney fees. One issue is that history has to be looked at. If the child was previously in the district there may be an issue.

Ms. Saunders informed the Board that the district will be working with Town Administrators after October 1 to verify addresses.  The towns cannot pursue non-residents, but the Superintendent can. The Town Administrators can bring the questions to their Selectboards.  Homelessness is also something the district has to consider.

Ms. Saunders and the Board reviewed the math related to the ADM.  Ms. Saunders told the Board that they could request the School Board to pursue this issue and they could ask that a demand letter be sent.

Mr. Fredrickson suggested that the Board request Ms. Saunders to look at the two years the "non-resident" attended Conval and determine what the difference is costs would have been.  The Board agreed to Mr. Fredrickson's suggestion and Ms. Saunders will do this.

Discussion about what information is needed for the registration of students in the school district.

Mr. Fredrickson suggested holding a meeting at tax time to explain to residents how the school portion of the tax rate is set.  This will be discussed at a future meeting.

Mr. Newton stated that the bus issue may be resolved and does not need to be discussed at this meeting.

Motion to adjourn (Newton/Callahan).  All in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Minutes taken by Debra Harling.  Approved on 08/21/2018.


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Carl Newton                      Linda Paris Diane Callahan