WINCHESTER — Voters will have the chance to amend the Winchester School District’s proposed operating budget, along with other spending items up for consideration, at Thursday’s annual deliberative session.
The session is set for 7 p.m. in the Winchester School gymnasium.
Budget proposal : $11,497,743, down $18,823 — or 0.16 percent — from the $11,516,566 budget voters approved last year. If that proposal is defeated at the ballot box in March, the default budget that would kick in would be higher, at $11,728,772.
While the budget committee recommends the budget proposal, the school board does not.
Teachers contract: Voters will also be asked whether to approve a two-year collective bargaining agreement reached between the school board and teachers association. If that contract is approved, an estimated $66,527 would need to be raised for wage and benefit increases in 2019-20 and $69,896 in 2020-21.
Funding: Special education funding is also on the agenda, with voters being asked whether to add up to $25,000 to the special education expendable trust fund. That money would come from unreserved fund balance.
The school district is also asking for $150,000 to be raised and added to the building improvements capital reserve fund.