Windham residents debate school budget
The public hearing was the final chance for residents to speak their piece before the Feb. 7 deliberative session.
District business administrator Adam Steel said the 2015 budget represents a 1.64 percent increase over the current year’s budget, which would result in a tax impact of 35 cents per thousand dollars, or $123 for a resident with a home valued at $350,000.
“Keep in mind that 70 percent of our budget is tied up in salaries and benefits,” Steel said on Friday, noting that an additional 10 percent of the budget is attributed to special education services.
The new or expanded positions include a half-time preschool teacher, an additional fourth-grade teacher at Windham Center School, a high school business teacher, a middle school seventh-grade teacher, a half-time television production coordinator at the high school, an expanded secretarial position at Golden Brook School and a math interventionist for elementary levels.
A guidance director for grades K though 12 is also included in the plan.
“Our thinking was to integrate all our guidance services and programs under one director,” Feneberg said, noting that all seven of the new positions would be year round.
Resident Bob Cool noted that replacements for the aging cafeteria tables at Golden Brook School had been discussed during previous budget seasons but had yet to come to fruition.
Cool also questioned the budgeted $600,000 increase in technology equipment.
“To me, half time is not enough,” Coish said. “We need another full-time person in that office. What can we do about that?
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