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Vermont school district considers budget increase

February 26, 2019

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district is looking at a 5 percent increase in its school budget for next year.

School Board Finance Committee Chair Andy Richards-Peele says $295,000 is attributed to contractual salary increases, while $150,000 will go toward health insurance premiums which rose 11.8 percent. The Rutland Herald reports the budget for the Mill River Unified Union School District is being built with a salary contingency as 2020 teacher contract negotiations are ongoing.

The school board is asking voters to approve a tax-neutral performance contract bond for $2.3 million for energy efficiency upgrades to the district, including replacement of the school’s heating and ventilation system.