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Bid to cut $1 million from proposed ConVal budget fails

A push to cut more than $1 million from ConVal's proposed budget was widely defeated by voters at the ConVal School District deliberative session Wednesday.

John Jordan of Hancock proposed to cut into ConVal's proposed $45 million budget, and supporters said the School Board could reach that goal by putting food service and health care contracts out to bid. Others, however, said the cuts would hinder the district's goal of becoming a high-performing district. In the end, the amendment failed 347-175. Voters in the nine ConVal towns will vote on the proposed budget at the polls on March 12.

Other contentious articles received much debate over more than four hours in a packed South Meadow School gym. The School Board had proposed an amendment that asked voters to give it the authority to close a school after a mult-step public process based on a two-third majority vote of the School Board. Antrim resident Richard Cahoon proposed an amendment to require any closing to be approved by a two-thirds majority of voters at the two-part district meeting. That motion passed 226-107.

A call to add a school resource officer and a petition article that seeks the closure of Great Brook School in Antrim remained unchanged.

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