The Region 12 school budget vote is just days away.

Yet this week, the district's three towns have delivered their "thumbs down" for the Board of Education's plan for 2011-12.

Board of Finance chairmen from Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington told Board of Education chairman James Hirschfield in an April 25 letter, "Until we have a seen that our fiscal propriety is matched by that of the Board of Education, we cannot support the currently proposed Region 12 budget."

The budget proposed is $21.25 million, a 2.43 percent increase over the present year.

The letter is signed by Michael C. Jackson of Washington, Gary W. Lord of Roxbury and Nancy L. Hawley of Bridgewater.

The finance chairmen reminded Mr. Hirschfield they have "suggested before" their towns' "fiscal restraint be mirrored in the region's budget."

They call for a presentation on how the region plans to "align and consolidate its management and other staffing" to address the problem of a projected declining student population."

Mr. Hirschfield could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Parents and town officials have repeatedly come before the education board over the last month saying their towns cannot afford the $21.29 million budget proposal for 2011-12. The result was to have the budget reduced to $21.25 million.

A presentation of a proposed, multiple-grade grouping of fourth and fifth graders in classes at the three elementary schools was given April 25.

Many parents turned out in concern and anger -- derailing the administration's plan to implement the change in fall 2011.

Voters in the three towns will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on the $21.25 million budget proposal.

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