Voters in the new Champlain Valley School District approved the $75,144,759 budget by over 1,700 votes during Town Meeting voting.
School Board Chairman Dave Connery thanked voters and school district personnel for their assistance in passing the spending plan. “As chair of the CVSD board, I am very pleased to see the budget passed by a 2-1 margin,” Connery wrote in an email. “ This has been a challenging year with our first budget process during consolidation. There were many important conversations during the past few months and at Town Meetings around the district. We have heard these comments and will continue to work to maximize benefits of consolidation to deliver exceptional education opportunities in a cost effective manner. My sincere thanks to all my fellow board members, administrators, teachers, and community members who have taken part in the process.”
The vote to approve the spending plan was 3,493 to 1,782. At the same time, a question whether to use the fund balance also received voter support, 4,027 to 1,215.
Voters also gave the thumbs-up to spending $288,000 on the purchase of three new school busses, 3,425 to 1,850.
With the budget now approved by voters, the equalized per pupil spending will be $15,400.
This is the first year voters cast ballots for a unified budget.