The school committee is set to meet Wednesday evening, January 22 to vote on the proposed level-service budget for the upcoming year and discuss the use of School Choice funding for Advanced Placement test registration fees. 

The proposed budget asks the town to allocate $22,778,314 to fund the school district for the upcoming fiscal year, which represents a 2.7 percent increase from this year's allocation.

Including $538,865 that the district expects to receive in School Choice funding, the district's budget would total $23,317,179. 

The budget must be approved at the annual May Town Meeting. 

In other action, the committee is expected to provide an update on the proposed use of School Choice funds. At its meeting on January 8, the committee discussed reallocating School Choice funds to pay for the registration fees of Advanced Placement exams. 

Under School Choice, students from other school districts can choose to attend Mashpee schools, with Mashpee receiving revenue for each student from their respective home districts.

The AP program offers students college-level classes while they are still in high school. Scoring well on an AP exam could garner a student college credit at most colleges in the United States. 

At a school committee meeting on November 20, Assistant Superintendent Hope Hanscom urged the school committee to consider using the School Choice funds to cover the registration costs of Advanced Placement tests.

According to school committee documents, 138 students will take at least one AP exam this year. Some students take more than one exam per year. The district will order 211 exams at a total cost of $18,151.

At the January 8 meeting, both school committee chairman Geoffrey Gorman and vice chairwoman Nicole Bartlett supported finding a way to pay for the registration fees. Both Mr. Gorman and Ms. Bartlett expressed concern, however, at the process by which the committee was deciding how to spend the funds. 

The committee will also hear a curriculum update from Assistant Superintendent Hope Hanscom and see a presentation from the Middle-High School's VexRobotics team. 

The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in the Quashnet School Library. 


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