Low turnout approves Region 12 schools budget
Published 4:37 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Voters in Region 12 school district's three towns turned out in small numbers May 5.
The majority of those who did show up to vote approved a $21.5 million schools budget for fiscal year 2015-16.
The budget passed, 379-132, cumulatively for the three towns. In Bridgewater, the vote was 101-48. In Roxbury, the budget passed 120-43. Washington voters gave the nod, 158-41.
The budget will represent a reduction of 0.26 percent, or $56,570, from the present fiscal year.
Returned to Superintendent of Schools Pat Cosentino's budget will be full-time hours for two of the region's school nurses, a total of $41,300.
"I'm very grateful to all three towns for voting yes," Cosentino said. "It shows they appreciate what we are trying to do, which is provide excellent education at a price the communities can afford."
In Washington, Region 12 Board of Education representatives for the town were also elected Tuesday.
-- Susan Tuz