• Rutland Town school budget revote today
    Staff Report | March 26,2013
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    The Rutland Town School Board trimmed its budget by $128,000 for a revote today.

    During a meeting the day after the budget failed on Town Meeting Day, the board adopted a proposed budget of $7,999,000, an increase of $326,085, or 4.2 percent, more than the current budget of $7,672,915.

    For the board, the most painful cuts came from previously proposed improvements to technology.

    The technology cuts, which include reducing the number of SMART Boards from nine to three and eliminating the purchase of a laptop computer for the school nurse, result in a savings of $26,000.

    One technology initiative was on the chopping block but was ultimately spared the ax. The district is proposing to purchase 28 iPads at $500 apiece, a cost of $14,000.

    Other cuts include a plan to replace ceiling tiles, a savings of $21,000, and a $15,000 reduction in school supplies. The district will save an additional $19,000 in insurance costs. When the board created the budget, it followed a recommendation from the state to plan for a 14-percent increase. That increase turned out to be 10.5 percent.

    There was an additional $13,036 cut in miscellaneous expenses.

    Voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Town Hall and the school.
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