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Region 14 Budget Back on the Ballot

WOODBURY – Woodbury and Bethlehem residents will return to the polls Wednesday to vote for or against the Region 14 schools 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

The vote will come one day after a Region 14 district meeting, which will be held in the Nonnewaug High School library. That meeting will be held Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

While Woodbury voters supported the $33.4 million budget in a May 3 vote 746-643, it wasn’t enough to overcome the no-votes from Bethlehem voters. Bethlehem voted against the budget by a 308-176 margin, for a final amount of 951-940 against.

In April, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Anna Cutaia-Leonard’s proposed zero percent increase for programming , which actually features a 1.2% increase to make up for $400,000 less in state money, Republican-American reported. The actual increase in the first-adopted budget is $317,664.

The amended budget shaves nearly $93,000 from the Board of Education’s total request. Those cuts include more than $51,000 in medical and dental insurance costs, and $30,000 for new floors for Bethlehem Elementary School. The amended budget also cuts $6,000 requested for Social Sentinel, a social media threat intelligence alert solution for college campuses, K-12 schools and public safety.

Salaries and benefits account for 74.77% of the budget request, with debt service and capital outlay comprising another 4.58%. Purchased services, both instructional and non-instructional, account for 17.65%, and supplies and materials make up 2.99% of the budget request.

Electors and citizens who are qualified to vote in town meetings of Woodbury can vote for or against the Region 14 budget Wednesday, May 17, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Woodbury Senior Center.

Here’s the link for the amended 2017-18 Region 14 budget proposal.


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