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April 5, 2013

Westport tries to keep levy below state limit


“Without being specific, it will be across the board. It’s a very unpleasant proposition.”

By law, school districts must have their budgets in place by April 26, so they can be put to the voters in May. 

A spending plan that is over the allocated tax-levy hike must get 60 percent or greater voter approval in order to pass.

“I want to keep everyone in the loop and pull no surprises,” the superintendent said. “If, at April 11, there is a chance that we have to go for staff reductions, I will meet with the union. 

“It could affect all departments — staff, instructional support and maintenance.” 


A discussion ensued over the possibility of merging sports teams with other schools to save money. 

“We would have to look at traveling expenses and how much this takes away from the students’ study time,” Stevens said.

“It makes me so mad. It’s sickening that our state government is taking from the kids.”


In other business at the School Board meeting, the board:

▶ Decided that unused snow days will be taken May 23 and 24.

▶ Discussed sharing facilities with Camp Dudley if either has to evacuate during an emergency.

▶ Approved a request from Champlain Valley Fencing Club to use the gym on May 4 and 5. 

▶ Adopted a Concussion Management Policy.


The School Board will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the school library, with the 2013-14 budget on the agenda. The meeting is open to all.

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