Saturday January 19, 2013

WHITINGHAM -- The results are in.

The Twin Valley School District has just passed an article that adopts a budget of $10,092,012.00 that will go towards supporting "extraordinary special education costs and the operations of the Twin Valley School District," which will begin on July 1, 2013.

On Thursday, residents from Whitingham voted at the Whitingham Municipal center and Wilmington voters went to the Twin Valley High School music room to decide on the proposed budget.

In Whitingham, 60 people voted for the budget and 45 voted against it. In Wilmington, 75 voted for it, while 51 voted against it.

The Twin Valley School Board had voters approve consolidation efforts in June 2012, which will eventually put Wilmington and Whitingham students into the same schools starting in elementary school.

According to the Twin Valley Joint District Annual Report, the budget reflects the consolidation of the Whitingham and Wilmington Elementary Schools. The Twin Valley Middle and High School consolidation has not been accomplished yet, because of delays in construction.

The report also states that the "Supervisory union budget has reduced some staffing while continuing to incorporate special education costs for Speech, Occupational Therapy and School Psychologist Evaluations into the assessment."

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