Voters Lower Budget  For First Branch Schools

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chelsea — Voters from Tunbridge and Chelsea approved an amended, $6.64 million operating budget on Monday night for the new, two-town First Branch Unified School District.

The budget, approved by voice vote, was reduced by about $275,000 from the amount on the warning during the floor meeting by a motion from School Board Chair Kathy Galluzzo and approved by voice vote, according to a summary from Chelsea Town Clerk Karen Lathrop.

That equates to an estimated $16,210 in education spending per equalized pupil in the 2018-19 school year, a 3.35 percent decrease from current spending in Chelsea schools and a 1.41 percent decrease from the current school year in Tunbridge.

Thirty-eight Chelsea voters and 54 Tunbridge voters participated in the meeting at the Chelsea school gymnasium in the first budget for the new, K-8 merged district. Residents in each town will have school choice for high school, with Chelsea High School closing at the end of this school year.

All other measures on the warning also passed on voice vote in the meeting, which ran for about 75 minutes.