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It is some summer hot out there today. Apparently, it’s twenty degrees above normal temps this week according to the weather peeps. The sheep mostly hide indoors all day long, from both the heat and the black flies. It’s great weather for getting the bicycles out for a ride.

This weekend Nancy and I are headed south to visit Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival in Deerfield. It’s so wonderful to have events to look forward to back on the calendar.

Congrats to Mount View seniors

Congratulations to the Mount View High School graduating class of 2022! And a special shout-out to our Jackson graduates: Dawson Bierwas, Abishai Harris, Benjamin Heath and Caden Lisio. All the best to you on your next adventures.

RSU 3 budget

Speaking of school, you should have received, by snail mail, your copy of the Budget Proposal Information booklet from our school district. It’s full of fascinating info. If you want to hear about it in person, or join in the discussion, there will be a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mount View Middle School. The first topic of discussion is regarding a vote on whether to build a Operations Center, for Transportation, Facilities, and Maintenance. $1.8 million is the cost, $800,000 from federal grant monies, and $1,000,000 from the RSU capital reserve fund. There will be a referendum question on this on the June 14 ballot.

The overall budget will also be discussed. Jackson’s contribution is increasing by 9.1%, a $35,615 increase. The increase reflects declining enrollment, as well as increased property values across the district. Over the past five school years enrollment has dropped from 1,318 students to an estimated 1,020 students for the 2022-23 academic year. I’m curious what is impacting the dropping enrollment…fewer young families can afford to live in the district? Dropping birth rates? An increase in home-schooling — especially after COVID? Perhaps there’s a study that’s been done somewhere?

Town Office

June 14 is an election day. The office needs people to work the primary. There is a need for both daytime shifts — checking people in, handing out ballots – as well as an evening shift to count votes. Daytime shifts are available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Evening count starts at 8 p.m. and usually takes a couple of hours. Please call Brenda (722-3439) if you’d to work on Election Day.