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Vt. school districts asked to cut $23.2m from budgets

By Lisa Rathke
Associated Press / August 6, 2010

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MONTPELIER — School districts across Vermont are being asked to trim a total of $23.2 million from already lean budgets. If they do not, the education commissioner might ask the Legislature to require them to do so.

But $19 million included in a jobs bill that passed the US Senate yesterday and is up for a rush vote in the House next week could offset the cuts.

The cuts range from $1.1 million for the Burlington School District to about $38,000 for the Essex North Supervisory Union in Canaan.

“It’s just another factor added to an already difficult process,’’ said Jim Kane, business administrator for the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union in Brattleboro, which faces a 1.8 percent cut, or $762,000 from its more than $40 million budget for its 10 schools.

During the last half-decade, boards have had a tough time balancing the needs of all the students in the system, from children who need special education to those in early preschool, he said yesterday.

The move is part of the Challenges for Change measure passed by the Legislature.

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