Please vote “yes” for Article 34. School budget. On review, pg V-5
through V- 8 in the Town Report of Norwich, Vermont or as you heard last night at
Town Meeting: Vermont State revenue (particularly block grants) decreased and
there are increased obligatory actually costs seen in FY 2014-2015 such as
Health care insurance costs realities. Simultaneously, Vermont legislation was
imposing tedious rules that have changed multiple times during this budget
planning to make the process more arduous. These changing rules lead to
Neil Odell’s reference to uncertainty in the numbers quoted by the Valley News.
The Marion Cross Principal and the Norwich School Board are very knowledgeable
of all the “numbers” under their responsibilities. If you have heard Mr.
Bill’s updates or attended School Board meetings, you witnessed how thoughtful
and dedicated they are in their efforts to cut expenses, pulling together this
budget with minimal impact to the community, while aiming to avoid risks of
jeopardizing quality education.
In summary, increased obligatory actual expenses + (decreased
State Revenue) + (all possible costs cuts recommended by School Administration)
= least possible increase to taxes to the Community.
We are so fortunate to have such great, caring leadership guiding Norwich’s
future generation’s growth and potential. Please support the School
Budget. Thank you. Tracey Hayes,
Mom to Marion Cross students