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Lincoln residents to vote on school spending plan

LINCOLN — Lincoln residents on Monday night will weigh in on a proposed 2010-2011 school year spending plan two months after a vote on the Lincoln Community School budget was postponed at the town’s annual meeting in early March.
The budget will require a two-part vote because per-pupil spending in the school last year exceeded the state average by 1 percent, and this year’s budget is greater than last year’s budget adjusted for inflation.
Voters on Monday, May 3, will be asked first to approve $1,599,757 in spending. Voters will also be asked to OK the additional $9,778 deemed necessary by the board for the budget. The vote will take place at 7 p.m. at Burnham Hall.
The new spending plan calls for $1,609,535 in total expenditures. According to Addison Northeast Supervisory Union business manager Greg Burdick, the educational spending in the budget is virtually unchanged from the $1.4 million figure presented to the town in early March.
The town decided to delay its vote on the budget until May after school officials learned shortly before town meeting that an accounting error meant the board was grappling with an unexpected $71,000 deficit.
In an attempt to cut that deficit, board members trimmed funding from the arts and technology budgets, though school board chair David Venman said he doesn’t think the cuts will affect students’ education.
Reporter Kathryn Flagg is at [email protected].

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