Boscawen Elementary School emergency roadway to be voted on at MVSD annual meeting 

  • Voters enter Merrimack Valley High School auditorium before the school district’s annual meeting in 2017. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Louise Andrus is making another run at getting elected to the Merrimack Valley School Board this year as voters head to the polls Thursday, followed by the school district’s annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Residents in the Merrimack Valley School District will have the opportunity to discuss the district’s budget, a proposed emergency access road at the Boscawen Elementary School and candidates for school board seats in the upcoming vote.

Hot topic

Residents will decide whether to approve the purchase of land on North Main Street to create an emergency access road to Boscawen Elementary School.

The roadway would be a second access point to the school for evacuation or emergency vehicles, interim School Board Chair Seelye Longnecker said.

“That way, if the main road was blocked by a fire or an accident, there’s more than one road to the school,” Longnecker said. “We wouldn’t have a problem trying to get kids out safely.”

All other schools in the Merrimack Valley School District have at least two points of entry, but the only access to the Boscawen Elementary School is through B.E.S.T Avenue off North Main Street, Longnecker said.

The cost of the land to build the access road, which is located on 217 North Main St. in Boscawen, would be $360,000 for the district. The project would not result in an increase in the tax rate, Longnecker said. Once the roadway was built, the land would be sold.

This emergency access road project is supported by the school board.


The proposed operating budget for the Merrimack Valley School District is $40.4 million, up less than 1 percent from from last year.

“It’s as tight as we felt we could make it,” Longnecker said.

For a home worth $250,000, that means a potential tax increase of $10 to $125 a year. Residents in Salisbury could pay $125, for example, while Webster residents may pay $10.

Loudon residents would pay approximately $42.50 a year; Boscawen residents $45; and in Penacook, $90 a year for a $250,000 home.

Contested races

There are five school board seats open for election this year: two one-year terms for residents of Salisbury and Penacook, and three three-year terms for a resident of Loudon, Salisbury or Webster. The only contested race is between Andrus and Hilary Denoncourt for a one-year term as a Salisbury representative. Last year, Andrus ran against Kristen Byron and lost.

When and where

The annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 8. Ballot voting will take place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. All events will be held at Merrimack Valley High School.