Education News

Otter Valley budget defeated again

BRANDON — Voters in the Brandon area on Tuesday got a second chance to approve a fiscal year 2025 spending plan for the Otter Valley Unified Union schools.

They said, no thank you.

And the percentage of voters who cast ballots against the latest budget was just slightly higher than the percentage who defeated the original budget proposal on Town Meeting Day.

On Tuesday, residents of Brandon, Leicester, Whiting, Goshen, Sudbury and Pittsford cast 1,019 no votes and 638 yeses on the proposed $26,979,072 spending plan. That reflected around 61% against and nearly 39% in favor. The percentages were 60-40 on March 5.

Also on Tuesday, an updated spending plan for the Barstow Unified Union School District — the smaller part of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union — was defeated. The tally there was 274 no, 214 yes.

RNESU Superintendent Kristin Hubert said it was unfortunate the budgets did not pass.

“Our boards will be meeting in the near future to determine next steps,” she said in an email. “At this time I do not have more information to share; but, as more information becomes available, I will communicate it with you all quickly. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of RNESU schools.”

For this vote, the school board had cut $268,751.13, or 1%, from the $27 million spending proposal district voters defeated on Town Meeting Day. 

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