Wilton Lyndeborough Co-op school budget reduced by $20K

WILTON – The School Board and Budget Committee of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District have agreed on an operating budget of $11,029,977 for fiscal 2015.

The originally proposed figure was reduced by $20,000 at a joint meeting of the boards on Jan. 28.

The Budget Committee said it would not support the proposed purchase of a pick-up truck with snow plow and some adjustments to the co-curricular salaries. After a short discussion, the School Board agreed to the lower figure.

Member Harry Dailey said, if they decided later to fund the projects, “we should be able to find the money somewhere in an 11 million dollar budget.”

While there were many arguments for the purchase of the truck, including landscaping, plowing small areas, moving materials between buildings and the liability associated with having staff members use their own vehicles, board members agreed to postpone the purchase, a Ford F250, for further investigation.

The budget approved last year totals $11,588.978.

The new budget begins on July 1.

The board also devised a “Plan B,” if the proposed changes to the Articles of Agreement and a bond for $8.2 million for construction of a new elementary school do not pass. In that case, Wilton voters will be asked to appropriate $250,000 for needed work at Florence Rideout Elementary School.

Under the current Articles of Agreement, each town is responsible for capital improvements at its elementary school. The proposed changes would make all such work cooperative under a new formula.

The board also announced that members had reached an agreement with the teachers’ association on a three-year contract, pending some clarification. The associated costs will be available at the district budget hearing at 7 p.m., today, Thursday, Feb. 6, in the high school cafeteria.

The annual district meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Friday. March 7, at the school.

It was announced that the middle/high school accreditation has been extended for the next five years.