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Milton's School Budget to Get Second Chance on Tuesday

Milton's school budget will get a second chance Tuesday. Voters originally turned it down on Town Meeting Day.
MILTON, Vt. - Milton's school budget will get a second chance Tuesday. Voters originally turned it down on Town Meeting Day.

Since then, the school board has come up with a proposal that lowers property taxes. However, it also calls for staffing cuts. That includes four faculty and four support staff members.

Milton Schools Superintendent John Barone says if the budget doesn't pass tomorrow, extra curriculars and funding for teacher supplies could be cut next.

"If we eliminate those, we're eliminating an important motivator for students," Barone said. "This district hasn't seen an increase in line item supplies for treachers in over 10 years. The majority of my teachers right now are spending money out of their own pocket to buy materials for their classrooms so I don't know where we'll go."

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Milton Town Offices.
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