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Education budget smaller than planned

SALISBURY — The latest version of the Salisbury Central School budget for 2010-11 has come in much lower than originally expected.

The spending plan calls for a total of $4,626,160, an increase from this year of .47 percent, or $21,707.

Salisbury Board of Education Chairman Roger Rawlings explained that, with 21 students registering for kindergarten (instead of the expected 26), it is not necessary to hire an extra teacher.

Savings were realized in heating oil, which had been over budget, and plans for a part-time secretarial position for the front office were scrapped.

Salisbury also gets a break in the Region One budget. The town’s share of tuition for Region One is down $17,718, or .58 percent.

The bottom line? The total town education budget for 2010-11 is up just $3,989, or .05 percent.

The upcoming schedule for the Board of Finance’s budget deliberations (all meetings at Town Hall):

• Regular quarterly meeting, Monday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

• Receive final Board of Selectmen’s budget Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

• Receive final Board of Education budget Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Finance will then vote on whether to present the two parts of the town’s spending plan to public hearing.

• Public hearing, Monday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

• Final budget review and vote on the two budgets to present to town budget meeting, Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

• Annual town budget meeting, Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., followed immediately by a special Board of Finance meeting to set the mill rate.

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