Island school budget to head back to voters

Posted July 26, 2012, at 1:57 p.m.
Last modified July 28, 2012, at 9:45 a.m.

VINALHAVEN, Maine — Island residents will get another opportunity to decide on a trimmed school budget for 2012-2013.

The Vinalhaven School Board met Wednesday night and approved a budget of nearly $3.5 million for the upcoming school year. This is $45,000 less than the budget narrowly rejected at the polls on June 12.

Superintendent Lewis Collins said a district budget meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the school auditorium. At that meeting, those who attend can adopt or amend the budget recommended by the board.

And then on Tuesday, Sept. 4, a referendum will be held on the island at which voters will either accept or reject the budget developed at the Aug. 6 meeting.

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The original budget was rejected 158-156 on June 12.

The superintendent said the board cut the athletic budget for the district by 10 percent and reduced some supplies to trim the $45,000.

He noted that the proposed budget results in no property tax increase and has no layoffs.


An earlier version of this article misstated the date of the budget meeting. It will be held on Aug. 22, not Aug. 6.

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