July 23, 2019

Region 4 School Board Approves $17.56 Million Education Budget for 2012-2013

REGION 4— The Region 4 Board of Education has approved a $17.56 million education budget for 2012-2013 that will be presented to residents of Chester, Deep River, and Essex at the annual budget hearing on April 2.

The $17,568,403 total budget was approved on a unanimous vote of the board at a March 7 meeting. The board made no changes or reductions from the budget that emerged from the final budget workshop session on Feb. 7. The total budget represents an increase of $243,470, or 1.41 percent, from the current budget.

The total budget is reduced by anticipated income to a net budget of $17,327,124 that is assessed the towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex based on the number of students from each town attending Valley Regional High School and John Winthrop Middle School. The net budget represents an increase of $217,292, or 1.27 percent, over the current net appropriation.

The October 2011 student average daily membership at the two secondary schools was good news for taxpayers in Chester and Deep River, but Essex, the largest town in the district, faces a steep increase in its share of the net appropriation.

Chester, with 264 students, has a reduction of $21,465, or .45 percent, in its share of the net budget. The Chester assessment is $4,700,849. Deep River, with 275 students, has an $85,738, or 1.72 percent, drop in its share of the net budget. The Deep River assessment is $4,896,645. Essex, with 434 students, has a $324,495, or 4.38 percent, increase in its share of the net budget. The Essex Region 4 assessment totals $7,729,630.

The annual hearing for the Region 4 budget begins April 2 at 7 p.m. in the library/media center at John Winthrop Middle School. Based on input received at the hearing, the Region 4 board will conduct a final review of the budget before sending a spending plan for 2012-2013 to the voters in the annual budget referendum in the three towns on Tuesday May 8.

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