ORANGE ó Voters who narrowly but repeatedly refused to approve a $2.7 million school budget during their traditional town meeting earlier this month will be given another chance next month.
School board members have reserved Town Hall for April 30 at 7 p.m. for a special school district meeting.
The only order of business is expected to be the only unfinished business from Town Meeting Day: how much to spend on the operation of the townís pre-kindergarten-through-8 elementary school and the tuition of its high school-age students.
The school board has decided to stand by its $2,728,875 budget request ó which calls for spending $8,875, or 0.33 percent, more than the $2,720,000 budget that voters approved a year ago.
The proposed budget includes $1,817,935 to operate Orange Center School and $910,940 in high school tuition costs.
ďThey feel like they have a good budget, itís an appropriate budget, and itís the budget they need to support the school district,Ē Superintendent Susette Bollard said of the boardís unanimous decision to bring back the same budget that divided those who attended town meeting.
Voters initially rejected the boardís budget request, 39-35, setting the stage for two votes that were even closer.
An amendment to trim $8,875 from the budget ó essentially level-funding the request at $2,720,000 ó failed by just one vote, 38-37, and a subsequent amendment to return to the school boardís original request, was defeated, 39-37.
Thatís when Town Moderator Adrian Otterman decided to abandon the townís past practice of voting until a budget is finally approved and to defer action on the school spending plan until a future meeting.MORE IN Central Vermont
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