Brattleboro Union High School District 6 budget passes
BRATTLEBORO >> A motion to add $12,000 to foreign language programming was defeated 52-75 on Tuesday night.
"The budget passed as presented," said Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Ron Stahley, referring to the fiscal year 2017 funding planned for Brattleboro Union High School District 6.
He said he provided rationale about proposed cuts during the meeting and the budget later passed unanimously by voice out.
A full-time foreign language teacher and a teacher considered to work one-fourth of a full-time position were reduced to one full-time position. When proposed, the cuts prompted two retired teachers to advocate for adding $12,000 back to the budget to ensure no changes to the programming.
Reductions in the budget were due to lower class sizes and will also affect full-time art and English positions. Career center positions will be reduced by 0.17 percent and 0.33 percent. And two full-time administrative staff positions will be cut.
But no programs or services would be cut, Stahley previously told the Reformer.
"All subject area classes are being maintained and students will have the same educational program options as in the past," he said. "Class sections that have been 15 to 18 students have dropped in some cases to five to seven students in a class."
The Brattleboro Union High School District 6's $27,983,000 budget includes funding for the high school, Brattleboro Area Middle School and Windham Regional Career Center with an estimated per equalized pupil cost of $17,349, meaning 1 percent higher spending than the previous budget called for.
Since the education law Act 46 was enacted, the allowable growth rate for the district from FY16 to FY17 was set at 1.18 percent. Besides the 7.9 percent increase in health care premiums felt by districts statewide, BUHS District 6 also had committed to contract salary increases of approximately 2.5 percent. Those increases would have put the district over the allowable growth rate, according to a budget summary provided by the WSESU, but several budget adjustments were made in personnel and other spending categories.
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