Residents of Green Island returned their absentee ballot votes, approving the $7.5 million budget for the 2020-21 school year, as well as the proposition to establish a Capital Reserve Fund.
With 98 in favor and 11 opposed, residents approved the $7,532,943 budget that calls for a decrease in total spending of $26,795 from the current year and a tax levy increase of 2.39%, which is below the district’s tax levy “cap.” The plan preserves educational programming and extracurricular opportunities for students and reduces costs from a variety of departments within the district, including salary freezes for the superintendent and business manager.
Other staffing changes include the reduction of one administrative position, two teaching positions and a teaching assistant position, through attrition. The plan also reduces four teaching positions from full-time to part-time, and moves the director of curriculum, K-12 principal and two clerical staff positions from 12-month to 10-month employees.
The approval of the Capital Reserve Fund, with 94 in favor and 15 against, allows the district to save up to $3 million over 10 years for future restoration and improvement projects.
Residents also voted to fill two Board of Education seats. Beth Jones and Nancy McNulty were re-elected to the board, receiving 98 and 103 votes, respectively.
“We appreciate the community casting their votes and their continued support of the students at Heatly,” said Superintendent Kim Ross. “We are Green Island strong!”