Weathersfield School Board delays annual meeting to allow time for budget cuts

Published: 02-27-2024 7:00 PM

WEATHERSFIELD — The School Board voted Monday to postpone all school district voting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.

An alternate date has not yet been set.

The School Board decided to delay voting so it could revisit the school budget and make cuts “as the state has asked us to do, to help ease the tax burden” statewide, School Board Chairwoman AnneMarie Redmond said in an interview Tuesday.

The board also canceled an informational meeting that had been scheduled for Saturday. A regular School Board meeting will be held in its place at 10 a.m. The meeting will focus on where to make cuts from the $8.8 million budget that the board approved in January.

The Weathersfield board’s decision to delay school voting comes on the heels of Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signing bill H.850 into law last week. The legislation removed a five-year, 5% property tax cap from Act 127, Vermont’s new education funding law, because it had resulted in more school spending than anticipated. 

Under H.850, school districts are permitted to postpone and reschedule their annual budget votes, and receive state reimbursement for the costs of holding delayed elections. Weathersfield has gone a step further and canceled voting on all of the articles on its School Board warning, not just the budget.

Weathersfield’s Town Meeting will proceed as planned at the Weathersfield School, 135 Schoolhouse Road in Ascutney, and virtually, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Ballot voting will take place on Tuesday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 U.S. Route 5, Ascutney.

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