Hazen Union School District Heads Back to the Polls

By Megan Carpenter | mcarpenter@nexstar.tv

Published 07/29 2014 07:23PM

Updated 07/29 2014 08:07PM

HARDWICK, Vt.- People in Hardwick, Greensboro, and Woodbury headed back to the polls on Tuesday to vote on the Hazen Union School District's FY2015 school budget.  540 voters cast their ballots. This is their fourth school budget vote, which passed 296 over 244.

"To give students the best possible education and resources they can have is important to me," says Meaghan Meachem who lives in Greensboro.  "That's why unfortunately, we're here for the fourth time voting on the school budget."

Some voters say the previous three budgets were too high.  In response, the school board cut two positions and dropped the budget to $7.2 million.

"When the third budget failed, we cut out any behavioral interventionist or dean of students positions, which reduced the budget by about $80,000," said School Board Chair Suellen Bottiggi.  "That seemed to be what the taxpayers wanted."

Bottiggi says this budget will still increase property taxes by about $8 for every $100,000.

The past three budgets have each been voted down by about 90 votes.  The most recent budget was rejected on June 19.   

Prior to this passage, The Hazen Union School District functioned on 87 percent of last year's budget and enacted a spending freeze.  School is back in session on August 25.    


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