Voters to decide on school budgets

"We feel comfortable that we can still provide a high-quality education for our students," Superintendent Bill Larrow said. "Our class sizes will be slightly larger, but still manageable. We'll be re-organizing our administration, though that's still a work in progress."

Acknowledging difficult economic conditions, Larrow said it was a difficult budget to prepare.

"Our board really took into consideration the economic hardships our community is facing and worked to have no increase in taxes," he said. "Individual families have to do more with less. We have to take the same approach."

The proposed 2010-11 budget totals $13,948,101. That's a .05 percent decrease from the current budget of $13,954,939.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the proposed spending plan is $3,554,952. That's exactly the same amount raised in the current budget.

Voting on the proposed budget will be Tuesday, May 18, 1-8 p.m. in the school's main lobby.

District residents will also be asked to vote on the purchase of a bus to cost $96,282. That purchase is eligible for 90 percent state reimbursement.

Voters will also elect three members to the board of education. Running are Kathryn M. Lacey, Charles French, Benjamin Winters and Rose Rice.

There will also be a spaghetti dinner from 4-7:30 sponsored by Moriah teachers, with all proceeds going to their scholarship fund. As in the past, there will also be an art exhibit that day.

Expecting a state aid cut of $461,000 and increasing contractual obligations, the school board started the budget process facing a $917,000 deficit.

The proposed budget eliminates three teaching positions, three teaching assistants and a buildings and grounds position along with the two principals.

Those nine job cuts save the district about $400,000, Larrow said.

A fund balance of $453,000 will be applied to the 2010-11 spending plan to close the deficit gap.

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