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Westport school board, teachers make agreement that balances budget

Westport Central School Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher. school board president Alice LaRock and board members Jim Carroll, Dwayne Stevens, Sue Russell and Tom Kohler.

Westport Central School Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher. school board president Alice LaRock and board members Jim Carroll, Dwayne Stevens, Sue Russell and Tom Kohler. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “We ended up using $144,000 in fund balance, it can’t ever happen again. I’m not saying we can’t but we have a very low fund balance going out of this year,” said Gallagher.

The district is already using a percentage of the fund balance for capital improvements on the facility.

The budget is a 1.79 increase in the overall budget and a 3.85 increase in tax levy. The tax levy stays below the tax levy at $3,374,857.

The savings to the district also means the curriculum can stay as it is today keeping Advanced Placement courses and athletics.

The school board will hold the public hearing on the adopted budget Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. The annual school budget vote will be Tuesday, May 21.

“We’re a family here and what does a family do but take care of our kids,” said Gallagher.

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