Chariho level funds budget - May 16th 2022
By Cynthia Drummond for BRVCA
May 16th 2022
RICHMOND – Following voters’ rejections of two proposed budgets, the Chariho Regional School District has level funded the 2022-2023 spending plan.
In two referendums, the first on April 5, and another on May 5, residents of Richmond and Hopkinton voted against the budget while Charlestown residents voted to approve it.
The message from Richmond and Hopkinton voters was clear: no budget increases, even the proposed 1.9%, would be supported.
Rather than hold a third referendum, the School Committee opted at the May 10 meeting for level funding, which required additional reductions of $525,750 from the proposed $55.2 million budget.
The budget cuts resulted in reductions to less controversial items such as teaching materials and furniture, but they also meant staffing cuts.
The vacant positions of high school science teacher, fiscal clerk and part time middle and high school librarian will not be filled. Two full time world language teaching positions were also cut.
Administrators and School Committee members are still hoping for the restoration of state transportation aid to Rhode Island’s regional school districts, which would return more than $500,000 to Chariho. The General Assembly is expected to reach a decision on transportation aid in the coming weeks.
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