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Lt. Governor Polito is Annual Meeting Guest!

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be the guest speaker at the MANS&C Annual Meeting on May 10 at the Fay School in Southborough.

MANS&C members and guests will have a chance to meet and exchange ideas with the Lieutenant Governor, who is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.  Registration for the Annual Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., and a business meeting and buffet luncheon will follow her remarks.

Lt. Governor Polito chairs the Community Compact Cabinet, the Seaport Economic Council and the Governor’s Council, where she works to promote two of her priorities – preventing sexual assault and domestic violence. 
She also serves as co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, working to ensure that all students have access to STEM courses with the goal of preparing them for careers and closing the skills gap.
 A lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Lt. Governor Polito began her public service career as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen.  She went on to serve five terms in the State House of Representatives before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

She has a B.S. from Boston College and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.

To register for the Annual Meeting on May 10, click REGISTER.

Directions to the Fay School campus and information about parking can be found at VISITOR-INFORMATION.

Lawrence Academy CIS
Has Widespread Benefits

 Thanks to Lawrence Academy’s Community Impact Statement, Groton officials better understand the Academy’s positive impact on the community and a new spirit of communication has developed between the town and school.
 Recently other nonprofits in town began taking notice.  The Groton Nonprofit Council has been inspired to create its own Community Impact Statement, according to Lawrence Academy Associate Head of School Rob Moore.
 Moore led the Academy committee charged with creating the CIS two years ago.  He said committee members were able to move pretty quickly in gathering the information and designing the four-page, full-color brochure. 
“It’s a really good piece,” he added.  “It highlights the many contributions that the school makes to the town and surrounding area – without being a brag sheet.”

Lawrence Academy administrators understand that the town finds it challenging to find enough revenue sources to pay its bills, Moore said, adding, “But we, as a nonprofit, do not have a lot of extra funds available and what we do have we use to benefit our students.”
The new spirit of communication prompted by the CIS has opened up some new, creative ways that the Academy can help the town.
 When town officials mentioned that they needed to conduct a survey, for example, the Academy volunteered to have students take it on as a project – saving the town approximately $4,000.
“And if there’s a big event in town we’re open to helping by sending some vans and drivers.  It doesn’t cost us much and it saves money for the town,” Moore added. “The CIS has helped build a lot of bridges between the board of selectmen, the town and the nonprofits in town.”

 Moore said the goal of the Academy’s CIS was to raise consciousness.  He has some advice for nonprofit schools and colleges that would like to create Community Impact Statements:

  • Don’t get too specific
  • Don’t make it a boasting sheet
  • Don’t try to outdo other nonprofits

To see a copy of the Lawrence Academy Community Impact Statement, click on Creating a Community Impact Statement.

Spillane Stops Move to Regulate Building Projects

An attempt to increase local control over nonprofit school and college building projects has been stopped, thanks to the efforts of MANS&C Legislative Counsel John J. Spillane.

The wording, inserted into a House budget amendment, would have imposed a site plan review when Massachusetts nonprofit schools and colleges wanted to build recreational facilities.  Currently, site plan reviews are not required for any building projects by nonprofit institutions.  Communities may require only “reasonable regulations concerning the bulk and height of structures and determining yard sizes, lot area, setbacks, open space, parking and building coverage requirements.”

Spillane has been keeping a watchful eye on the House budget process and alerted legislative leaders to the negative consequences site plan reviews would have on MANS&C members.  As a result, the wording was removed from the amendment.

Spillane will continue to monitor the budget process when the Senate takes up its budget in May. 

MANS&C Scores Again
on Beacon Hill

A bill that would have restricted the right of Massachusetts nonprofit schools, colleges, and universities to build or renovate campus structures is no longer in play on Beacon Hill, thanks to the efforts of MANS&C Legislative Counsel John J. Spillane.

Senate Bill 92 would have shattered the state’s Dover Amendment, which severely limits the power of local planning boards to derail building permit applications from nonprofit educational institutions.  The bill would have expanded the boards’ reach and also enabled communities to institute a site plan review for these projects.

The measure was one of several bills of concern that were sent to study and are effectively dead for the remainder of the current legislative session, Spillane reported.

A number of other bills would have extensively taxed nonprofit schools and colleges. Two took aim at the state’s largest nonprofit colleges, universities and public charities.  House Bill 3526 threatened to impose property taxes on institutions whose top five highest-compensated officers, directors, trustees, employees, independent contractors or others earn more than $2.5 million a year.

House Bill 1617 would have placed a 1 percent excise tax on schools and colleges that have endowments of $1 billion or more.

Although these bills targeted larger schools, MANS&C believes that if they had passed, smaller schools and colleges might be next.

Other bills that were turned back:

  • Authorized local communities to impose property taxes on all nonprofit schools and colleges equal to 25 percent of what they would have paid if they were not tax exempt (House Bill 1565)
  • Gave communities the right of first refusal as part of a lengthy process when a nonprofit wants to convert tax-exempt property to residential, commercial or industrial use (House Bill 2594)
  • Enabled cities and towns to require Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) from local nonprofit schools and colleges (House Bill 1639)
Working in collaboration with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM), Spillane was able to have all of these bills sent to study.

Spillane will be closely watching the upcoming budget deliberations in case these bills reappear as last-minute amendments.


What did three schools do recently when their local community asked them to make payments in lieu of taxes?

They called an ally -- MANS&C!

The MANS&C Board and Legislative Counsel John J. Spillane are always ready to provide advice and counsel to members grappling with community issues.  We can tell you what other schools and colleges have done and help you set up a plan of action.

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Please submit your news to  and visit our website regularly to catch up on member news.

About MANS&C

The Massachusetts Association of Nonprofit Schools and Colleges (MANS&C) is the voice of private, independent schools, colleges and universities at the State House.  MANS&C represents members’ interests and advocates on their behalf with lawmakers and state regulators.  It also informs members about bills that threaten their independence and economic security, and helps them create Community Impact Statements that showcase their many contributions to their local communities.

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