Input sought on school budget at public hearing

To the Editor:

The budget process for the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District 2017-18 school year began in the summer of 2016 and the final presentation has just been made to the Budget Committee.

The budget has been voted on and recommended by both the School Board and the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee is reserving their final determination as to whether or not to recommend the budget or to make budget reductions until after the public hearing, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the middle/high school. Both committees have shown support for the collective bargaining agreement with the teaching staff.

I will be posting a summary of the budget on the website on Feb. 1. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 654-8080 or email b.lane@sau63.org.

The public hearing is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about the facets of the budget. Residents will be able to show their support or their lack of support for the proposed budget. To date, there has been little input from the public, and this is an opportunity for all residents to have their voices heard. I would encourage you to attend this meeting so that you can become an informed voter and hear all sides of the issues at hand.

The period for filing for School District office has begun, and will remain open until Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. If you are interested in declaring candidacy, see School District clerk Mary Jane Ryan at the middle/high school.

Bryan K. Lane

Superintendent of Schools