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Region 15 Voters Pass 2014-15 Education Budget

The margin of victory in Southbury was enough to cover the narrow defeat in Middlebury.

The unofficial tally Wednesday night showed the Region 15 education budget passed in its second try at referendum, with the voters approving it by 1,043 votes, 2,994-1,951.

The budget passed by a wide margin in Southbury, 2,390-1,251, enough to carry the referendum over the dissenting Middlebury voters, who voted down the proposal 604-700.

[All figures are unofficial until certified by the town clerks.]

The Board of Education cut almost $550,000 from the original spending request after the first proposal failed to pass in both towns at referendum on May 7.

The budget approved Wednesday included a $1.7 million spending increase, or about 2.79 percent over the 2013-14 budget.
Southbury Mom June 05, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Thanks to all in our community that came out in support of the students of our region! Moving forward I hope we can come to a clearer understanding of what is put forward in next year's budget and move away from misconceptions.
Greg Kuehn June 05, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Is there any documentation online that would indicate exactly what was cut from the budget to come up with the half-million dollar savings?
Mike Rosen June 05, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Each of the proposed budgets from this recent budget cycle can be viewed here: http://www.region15.org/subsite/dist/page/budget-voting-info-3145
Greg Kuehn June 05, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Mike, that wasn't my question. Where is the NEW breakdown document? Where is the statement explaining it? NOTHING. NOT AVAILABLE. What's laughable is that people voted for this budget not knowing where that half a million dollars was supposed to go? Where's the transparency? The whole thing is laughable. The average taxpayer saved, what - 50 or 60 bucks on their taxes by defeating the first proposal? Why exactly did it get voted down in the first place? LOL - the whole thing is just laughable.
JHS June 05, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Republican american-5/26- reduce the medical re­serve by $100,000, saved $63,339 in salaries following resignations and negotiated a better price for social studies textbooks to save another $10,000. Online testing will be re­placed by the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment at no cost, saving $20,000. summer curriculum for teachers is not ready for this season, so $30,000 was cut for that. elimi­nate one bus run to save $50,000, eliminate a bus for $50,000 to save student pro­grams. Positions affected include the elimination of a part-time nurse ($20,000), who travels from school to school doing screenings. Botsford said in­house nurses at each school will now handle it. A district-wide data spe­cialist may be cut, saving $54,000. proposed a reduction for a part-time speech pathologist ($25,000). Money for high school sci­ence and Spanish teachers could be cut, saving $12,500 and $10,800. Extra hours for the high school athletic trainer were eliminated, saving $15,000. allowed for a $20,000 cut for occupational and physical therapy. A smaller potential cut in­cludes a $1,500 gift card to encourage reading among high school graduates. Among cuts board mem­bers may restore are $54,000 for middle school drama, $135,000 for 2.5 intervention­ist positions, half of a pro­posed $75,000 cut for library books and half of a $52,000 cut for technology — allowing for the purchase of 12 projec­tion computers for the high school instead of 24.

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