Dear Middletown Springs Community Members,
Thank you to everyone who came out to vote at Town Meeting Day. The school budget failed to pass, 165-161. Join us for “Soup with the School Board” on Monday, April 29th at the Middletown Springs Elementary School multipurpose room. We will serve a free, light meal, planned and prepared by our own new school cook, Marianna Charalabopoulos. With the help of the farm to school committee, the school has brought a new level of healthy, delicious food to the town’s children. We know you will love her cooking, so join us from 5:30-6:30 for the light meal. The informational meeting will start at 6:30. Childcare will be provided. Bring your questions and concerns to the meeting so we have a well-informed public ready to vote the following day.
And now… Installment four of the School Board Budget Revision!
Our regular education elementary expenses are budgeted at $1,099,727.08, a difference of $14,288.70 from FY13. As mentioned above, we only have control over 15% of our total budget at this point in the year. Even the elementary regular education budget number, given above, is not fully in our control at this point. We have a negotiated contract with a salary scale and benefits package that will cover FY14. Part of the increase of this budget over last years is the amount of $19,728, which is a result of an increase in both contractual negotiated wages and an increase in health insurance premiums. The difference between last year’s budgeted Regular elementary education cost is $13,652, which shows that the board was able to reduce board controlled costs by $6,076.
The Middletown Springs Elementary School Board along with the Elementary School principal the Southwest Supervisory superintendent and business manager, make every effort to contain costs and maximize benefits for the Middletown Springs Community.
The Middletown Springs vote on the revised budget will be held at the Firehouse on Tuesday, April 30th. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm.
The Middletown Springs School Board
Clarence Haynes- Chair
Kendra Larson- Vice-Chair
Karen Mach- Clerk
**If you missed earlier installments, you can find them on “Front Porch Forum” or the Middletown Springs Website.