Annual meeting set for March 9

WILTON – The annual meeting of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District will be at 9 a.m. March 9 at the high school cafeteria. The meeting is traditional: you have to be present to vote.

There are two articles on the warrant: the proposed budget and appropriating $60,000 to the Building/Equipment and Roadway Capital Reserve Fund.

The budget totals $12,598,874, a rise of about 1 percent., and is called “essentially flat,” being the current budget plus contractual obligations including staff raises.

Although the School Board voted to support the budget proposed by the Budget Committee, it was not a unanimous decision. The budget proposed by the Superintendent is $163,000 higher. During several recent meetings of the board, residents have asked where that amount will be cut from the budget, particularly concerning staff and curriculum. The board has voted to not cut middle school teachers at this time and said they cannot make any decisions until they have the final budget figure. The amount of state revenue is also unknown.

Unless the board votes again at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, they will not propose any changes from the floor. However, residents can offer whatever amendments they choose.

The capital reserve fund is basically the on-going five-year plan to replace the roof of the original 1971 building, which should be completed during the 1920-21 school year. That fund was approved in 1999.

Voting for school district officers will take place on Tuesday, March 12, in Wilton at the town hall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and in Lyndeborough at Citizens’ Hall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.