A large crowd of over 80 residents turned out Monday night for the Sunapee School District’s deliberative session at the Middle High School Gym.
The school operating budget of around 12 million dollars passed on a voice vote after a few questions from Sunapee residents Dan Bettencourt and John Augustine. The 2.3% increase in the budget was mostly due to an increase in health insurance costs and the purchase of a new school bus, according to Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden.
The teachers contract also generated little discussion and was passed on a voice vote. The increase in costs for teachers salaries in 2016-17 will be around $85,000, followed by an increase to $135,000 in 2017 -18 and $144,000 in 2018 -19.
All other articles, including paving more of the middle high school parking lot and capital reserve funds for special education and capital improvements for the school buildings, all passed without discussion.
All school articles will now be voted on by ballot vote at Sunapee’s town meeting to be held on March 8th.