STRATTON -- The most discussed item at Stratton's annual Town Meeting was whether to continue a $300-per-family transportation stipend for parents with children in the school system.
Because Stratton doesn't have its own elementary, middle or high school, its students are sent to other schools in the area, including Windhall's Mountain School and Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester.
"We don't have a good bus service," said Town Clerk Kent Young.
Nonetheless, voters decided they needed to reduce the school budget, and cut about $6,600 that was used for the transportation stipend, he said. By eliminating the stipend, the school budget was reduced from $637,475 to $630,875.
The school district meeting began at 1 p.m. and by that time, only 23 voters were in attendance.
During the regular Town Meeting, which started at 10 a.m. and only lasted 40 minutes, said Young, Nancy Ferruci was selected as moderator by the 29 voters in attendance because the regular moderator wasn't available.
According to Young, Stratton has 197 registered voters.
All the articles were passed with little debate, with voters approving a town budget of $1,646,397, he said.
The three available seats on the Selectboard were unconctested and went to the incumbents: Chris Liller for a three-year seat; and Al Dupell and Kevin Robinson for the two one-year seats.
In the only contested race, incumbent Robert Wadsworth was defeated by