On Tuesday, May 17, Green Island residents will cast their vote on the proposed $7,575,413 budget for the 2022-23 school year. The proposed plan outlines a $51,692 decrease in spending compared to the current year’s budget due to a decrease of 2.81% ($92,060) in overall state aid. The decrease in aid is due to a large reduction in building aid and the impact of declining enrollment on the amount of overall Foundation Aid the district receives. If approved, the budget would increase the tax levy by 1.82%, which is within the district’s levy limit as well as provide an additional $68,917 in revenue.
The proposed budget focuses on building the foundation for our students to succeed in their futures by meeting the needs of each student through the enhancement of current academic programs and expansion of social-emotional supports. The adopted spending plan would meet the district’s goal of educating the whole child by introducing literacy pods at the elementary level, offering additional courses to students via distance learning and establishing multiple pathways to graduation, including CTE.
Green Island UFSD remains committed to providing our students with a variety of educational opportunities while supporting the programs and services that benefit their social-emotional well-being, such as extracurricular activities and athletics.
Voting will take place from 2-8 p.m. in Heatly’s Cafeteria.
In addition to the budget, residents will vote on a proposition to establish an ex-officio non-voting student board member, as well as elect two individuals to the board of education. There are currently two seats open on the board: one 3-year term (incumbent Kirsten Mason) and one 1-year term (incumbent Carrie Becker). Candidates for this year’s Board of Education candidates are: Kirsten Mason, Carrie Becker, Joseph Nolet and Mary Wilmot.