As we inch closer to town-meeting season and eventual March voting, residents here in Claremont no longer have to worry about a $1-million dollar increase to the city’s school budget that was originally proposed.
That’s because district administrators on Saturday agreed to slash some $700,000 dollars from that proposal during a public budget hearing held at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center.
The new proposal of around 31 million dollars is now up just one percent from the city’s current budget, and more than 2-percent lower than the city’s original proposal for the 2017 fiscal year.
Of the amount slashed from the budget, most of the cut dollars came at the expense of special education, with the remainder being cut by not hiring a new position and purchasing requested media equipment.
The school board will hold its next public hearing on the budget Jan.19 at 6:30 p.m.