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Lebanon Finalizes Proposal for School Budget

The Lebanon School Board has officially approved a formal budget proposal to send to voters this coming March.

The $38.6-million-dollar proposal is down some $100,000 dollars from the district’s current budget, but doesn’t include an additional $320,000 dollars to be asked for in separate warrant articles. If approved by voters, those funds would be used to fund new contracts for teachers and other district employees.

The School Board agreed to a handful of reductions to help cut next year’s budget, including the elimination of a special education position, and the hiring of less-experienced teachers to replace retiring teachers.

The district has also said it anticipates a savings of approximately $20,000 in utility fees, and nearly $50,000 dollars by delaying maintenance projects.

The board will hold a public forum to discuss the proposed budget with residents Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon Middle School.

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