New school budget passes

The RSD13 budget has passed.

The initial school budget failed at a May 3 referendum, so the Board of Education reconvened and presented a new budget — a smaller one — to voters. And that one was approved.

With this new budget, a total of 10.5 full-time RSD13 positions will be cut. This includes five at the high school, 4.5 at the middle school, and one at the elementary school level.

​​​“Several of these reductions resulted from positions that were not filled, and retirees,” BOE chair Lucy Petrella said. “There will be no program cuts, and very small classes were combined.”

The approved budget for the 2022-2023 school year is $37,915,970. Durham voters okayed the budget 357 to 251, and in Middlefield, the budget passed 132 to 124.

The original budget proposal for the 2022-2023 school year was $38,489,206.

In the budget approved by voters, money for a field house at the high school was shifted to a capital reserve fund.

Recent legislation allows regional schools to set aside up to 2% of their budgets for capital items.

“The field house moved to give more flexibility, because we did not have any updated estimates and we didn’t know if and when the project could happen,” Petrella said.



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