The winners have been selected! Fifteen of your neighbors in the community will be honored with a Beacon Award on Nov. 17 at WoodWinds. Join the celebration.
Kudos to the BOE
The Board of Education (BOE) is to be commended for reducing the proposed education operating budget increase from $1,947,394 (a 6.05 percent increase) to $657,505 (a 2.04 percent increase), especially in light of contractual cost increases.
The largest driving factor is an anticipated transportation increase of $211,869 (up 32 percent). The five-year transportation contract has ended and the competitively bid new contract is higher. But it is important to note that effective Board of Education negotiations saved approximately $1 million over the past five years and the new contract is estimated to save $850,000 over the next five years relative to surrounding towns, according to the BOE. Two bus routes have been eliminated, saving an additional $100,000. The average cost per bus is $25- to $50 lower than surrounding towns, according to the BOE.
Kudos go to the BOE for negotiating and realizing these savings. I encourage Clinton residents to join me in voting “Yes” May 9.