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Voters approve Keene budget, reelect school board members

Taxpayers gave their stamp of approval to the Keene Central School District budget for 2011-2012 on Tuesday.

The spending plan, which totals approximately $5.23 million, increases the tax levy by 1.8 percent and represents a .19 percent decrease in total spending.

The budget passed 112 to 29.

The district's superintendent, Cynthia Ford-Johnston, says she's pleased with the result, noting that the community values the educational programs offered at the school.

"The budget presented reflects extensive planning and was as fair as possible to the taxpayer and the students," she said.

Voters also elected Teresa Cheetham-Palen and David Craig to the board of education. Ford-Johnston called them "qualified and interested."

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