Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 3, 2012
DIS CSD board to finalize budget May 10
District meeting vote June 7
by Jessica Brophy
During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 1, the school board discussed the second draft of the school budget, which it will formally vote on Thursday, May 10 to bring to voters at the district meeting on Thursday, June 7. Voters in both towns will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 12, to vote on the budget as approved or amended on June 7.
The second draft of the budget includes funding for coaching and extra-curricular leadership stipends, but keeps all of the trims to programs and staffing in the original budget required to keep the budget flat. This includes only one fifth grade class for next year, the elimination of a middle school reading teacher, replacing the half-time high school librarian with a half-time library aide, and cutting the gifted/talented teacher from four days per week to two and a half days per week. The second draft also includes establishing two reserve accounts for $30,000 each—one for facilities maintenance and the other for a technology fund for the high school.
The second draft of the 2012-13 budget is $6,492,285, though Superintendent Robert Webster said there may be some minor adjustments to the budget before it comes before the board for final approval. The 2011-12 budget was $6,329,609. However, local cost share is likely to remain the same or increase less than a half percent if this budget is approved by voters, as the state subsidy slated for the 2012-13 budget is up by $165,000.
The board meets Thursday, May 10, at 5 p.m. at the elementary school for a special board meeting to approve the budget and to approve second-year probationary teaching contracts. The board will meet for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. at the elementary school.