Oxbow OKs $7 Million Budget; Program Cuts Expected

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bradford — Voters in the Oxbow Union High School District on Tuesday approved a $7.2 million budget that’s expected to cut programming and staff in the coming year.

Residents of Newbury and Bradford voted, 191-96, to accept the School Board’s spending proposal, which amounts to a roughly $400,000 decrease over the current year’s plan.

Officials predict the budget will result in a staffing reduction of 10 full-time positions. The district also plans to end its family and consumer science program.

Spending for the district’s seventh-through-10th grade school also will see a decrease of $37,535, according to Oxbow’s annual report.

Officials said the cuts are needed because of declining enrollment within the district, which now serves about 330 students, down from 400 in 2015.

While spending is down, the education property tax is expected to increase 5.3 percent, partially due to a statewide education funding shortfall.

Residents also voted, 185-99, to approve a $420,000 bond for improvements to Oxbow’s athletics facilities.

They also voted, 248-38, to adopt a $2.2 million budget for the River Bend Career and Technical Center. That budget is tax neutral, as it is funded using state grants and tuition revenues.