Ford-Johnston said the district will save money through an anticipated retirement and will also see an increase in state aid.
“Keene offers a rich, challenging and well-rounded program. The support and infrastructure are sufficient but remain lean. Every expense is scrutinized and compared to others to determine if it is necessary.
“This budget supports programs consistent with those of prior years. Employee agreements for health-insurance changes continue to save the district from increased cost for a second year. No large purchases are planned for the coming year.
“Under this spending plan, our school will operate and provide programs that mirror this year,” said Ford-Johnston.
In a district newsletter, School Board President James Marlatt said that in preparing the budget, they were reminded of “the challenges we all faced this year and will continue to face in the years to come. The school administration persistently evaluates educational and support functions, focused on providing an enhanced educational environment, while striving for an appropriate level of cost.”
He is not seeking re-election, but incumbent Ann Whitney, John Haverlick and Heather O’Dell are contending for two positions on the School Board.
A hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the school.
The vote is noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the school.
Email Alvin Reiner:email@example.com