Taconic & Green budget easily passes

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MANCHESTER — The Taconic & Green Regional Education District's first budget has passed overwhelmingly, according to the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. According to unofficial totals reported by the BRSU, the new district's proposed $31.9 million budget passed by a count of 1220 to 370. A proposed sending town tuition rate of $17,065 for Burr and Burton Academy, the independent high school to which the district's nine towns send students grade 9-12, also passed, 1280-319. It was the new district's first districtwide vote, and in a break from tradition the ballots were counted in one batch at Manchester Town Hall, rather than town by town. The district was created a year ago by a vote of its nine towns, under Act 46, the state's school consolidation law. It will take over for its member districts on July 1. The which represents an increase of 2.9 percent from the overall budgets of the districts that merged to form the district a year ago. The budget increases reflect rising costs for high school tuition, need to pay for a district-wide curriculum director as grant funds for that position disappeared, and the addition of three new administrative positions.


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