June 6, 2020

Region 4 Returns $36,843 Surplus to Chester, Deep River and Essex

REGION 4— Regional School District 4 has returned a $36,843 surplus from the 2010-2011 education budget to the member towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex.

Garth Sawyer, district finance director, said the towns received checks this week, splitting the amount based on the number of students from each town attending John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School. Essex, with the most students, received $15,673, Deep River received $11,034, and Chester received $10,136. The unexpended surplus is from the $16,780,520 education budget approved by voters of the three towns in a referendum last May.

The move comes as the Region 4 Board of Education budget begins work on a proposed budget for 2012-2013. Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy has presented a proposed Region 4 budget of $17.8 million, an increase of about $706,000 over current spending. The board will hold budget review workshops on Jan. 24 and continuing in February before voting on a proposed 2012-2013 education budget in early March. The public hearing on the Region 4 budget will be held on Monday April 2, with the annual budget referendum to be held in the three towns on May 8.