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Voters finally approve ANWSD budget

SUPPORTERS OF THE latest ANWSD budget proposal gathered on April 18 at Ferrisburgh’s Union Meeting Hall property on Route 7 to urge others to vote yes on Tuesday. They included, from left, Lindsey Brown and her son, Elijah; Heidi Willette; Carolinne Griffin (in rear); Maggie Rollins and her daughter Lola (a VUHS student). Independent photo/Steve James

VERGENNES —  After rejecting two budget proposals since Town Meeting Day in March, Addison Northwest School District residents on Tuesday approved proposed spending for the 2024-2025 school year, 1346 to 932 votes.

The $27.25 million spending plan will fund the three district schools: Vergennes Union High School, Vergennes Union Elementary School and Ferrisburgh Central School.

It is almost $250,000 lower than the budget that lost on March 26 and $1 million less than the budget put before voters on March 5, but will still increase spending from the current year.

Despite the three dozen Reduction In Force (RIF) notices the district sent out to educators after the previous budget defeat, officials said this plan retains all educational and extracurricular program and positions (except one) proposed in the previous budget.

Read more in Thursday’s paper.

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