December 12, 2019

Public Hearing on Region 4 Education Budget Put Off to April 14

REGION 4— The public hearing on a proposed $17.1 million Region 4 education budget for 2011-2012 has been rescheduled for April 14. The budget hearing had initially been set for Monday night.

Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy said Friday the hearing was postponed because of a delay in the required publication of a newspaper legal notice about the hearing. The hearing will convene on Thursday April 14 at 7 p.m. in the library/media center at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River.

The proposed $17,112,557 budget represents a net increase of about $332,000, or 1.98 percent, over the current Region 4 appropriation. The budget, which funds the operation of Valley Regional High School and the middle school, was approved on a 7-1 vote at a March 3 meeting, with board member Richard Strauss of Chester opposed. The net budget is divided between the member towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex based on the number of students from each town attending the two secondary schools.

Levy said the Region 4 board would hold a special meeting after the hearing on April 14 to make any adjustments to the spending plan based on input received from residents at the hearing. At the special meeting, the board would vote on a final proposed budget for 2011-2012 that would go to the voters on the three towns for approval in a May 3 referendum. The Region 4 budget referendum is conducted from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the regular election polling places in Chester, Deep River, and Essex.