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Voters approve Minerva, Newcomb school budgets

— As far as the next school year, the biggest adjustment will be distance learning “and a lot of letters to parents for services that they used to receive for free is going to be difficult,” according to Hults.

“As far as servicing the academic needs of our kids, that will continue,” Hults said. “Newcomb will continue to provide one of the finest educations, so I’m not concerned about that. It’s just the practicality of those reductions and putting them in and making them part of our daily life to make sure the learning continues.”

Four positions will be lost next year: a part-time teacher’s assistant they knew would not be returning; a full-time teacher’s assistant not coming back; a retiring teacher’s assistant; and a full-time teacher/assistant not returning.

On May 21, only 52 percent of Newcomb voters checked “yes” on the ballot (111 yes and 104 no), falling short of the 60 percent supermajority needed to override the state tax levy cap.

Here were the revised budget numbers:

•Proposed budget (June 18): $5,417,838

•Proposed tax levy (June 18): $4,070,969

•Tax levy increase (June 18): $459,461 or 12.72 percent

•State tax levy cap: 6.94 percent increase

•Current budget: $5,274,469

•Current tax levy: $3,611,508

By comparison, here were the May 21 numbers:

•Proposed budget (May 21): $5,823,308

•Proposed tax levy (May 21): $4,506,439

•Tax levy increase (May 21): $894,931 or 24.8 percent

Minerva budget

In Minerva, the School Board slashed about $191,789 in spending in the originally proposed plan, bringing the tax levy increase below the state mandated cap of 3.97 percent.

“Because of the staffing cuts that we’ve already made, we’re going to have challenges in all different areas,” Farrell said. “We eliminated positions in our custodial department and our office. The future is going to be different, but we’ll figure it out. We’ll make adjustments and keep doing great things for the kids.”

On May 21, voters defeated a budget (144 yes and 177 no) that would have exceeded that amount (8.93 percent increase).

Here are the revised budget numbers:

•Proposed budget (June 18): $4,950,507

•Proposed tax levy (June 18): $3,305,300

•Tax levy increase (June 18): $94,899 or 2.96 percent

•State tax levy cap: 3.97 percent increase

•Current budget: $5,040,939

*Current tax levy: $3,210,401

By comparison, here were the May 21 numbers:

•Proposed budget (May 21): $5,142,296

•Proposed tax levy (May 21): $3,497,089

•Tax levy increase (May 21): $286,688 or 8.93 percent

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pvincent 1 year, 1 month ago

Newcomb superintendent makes it sound like they gave up so many teaching positions, but they didn't. They cut a couple of part-time, inexpensive teachers aides but, BUT, they HIRED two new full-time, very expensive teachers instead. Hults says he will have fewer teachers this coming year, but that's a flat out lie. He will have two more teachers than he had this year. The guys a con man. Hults cries poverty, but the guy makes a fortune in salary and benefits. More than any other superintendent in any of our schools. No wonder these people keep needing more and more money. They can't stop spending it hand over fist. And they justify it by saying its OK because no one in the town will have to pay the bill. Theyll send the bill to the rest of us who are trying to raise families and pay our bills in other towns around the state. These people make me sick.

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