Newport’s school board voted Monday night to support a default budget of $17.2 million dollars for the upcoming school year, instead of the nearly $19 million dollar budget proposed late last year.
The new proposal comes at a savings of more than a million and a half dollars from its predecessor, but would still come with an increased tax rate of $1.50 per thousand dollars of property value if approved by voters.
For the district’s schools, numerous cuts will need to be made to endure the savings, with the reduction of up to nine positions and the elimination of junior varsity sports at the high school all being considered.
Residents could see a total increase of $2.66 in next year’s tax rates if an additional three warrant items are approved with the budget on election day.
A deliberative session on the default budget is slated for Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at Newport Middle-High School.