Forty Five Croydon residents passed Croydon’s Town Warrant as read. There was one discussion on Article 9 concerning the town's purchase of new assessment software. The debate centered on paying for it in one year or dividing it into two separate payments. The article was passed as read: Article 9 To see if the Town will raise and (appropriate the sum of Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500) for the purchase of New Assessing and Tax Collecting Software, conversion and support. (passed)
Although 64 came to Croydon’s Annual School Meeting it was poor showing for both meetings with 700 plus residents in town. All articles on the annual school warrant passed as read, except for Article 2 which was increased by $5,000 on the request of Matthew Wittasek to provide library cards and field trips for the Croydon Village School students.
Wittasek also commented that due to the $68,000 cut from the school budget voted on during last year’s town meeting caused students in the Croydon Village School have suffered consequences.
School board member Jim Peschke took a moment to clarify that the $68,000 was not a cut in the budget. It was a decrease in the increase to the budget noting that last year’s school budget was larger than the prior year. Linda Schultz out going school board member further explained that Croydon received less grants and federal funds last year, which was the reason the school board made some of the choices they did.
Jane Dearden questioned the
increase in tuition, in particular for the high school. Business manager
Jim Venzini stated the reason for the increase is Croydon is sending
seven students to Newport High School this year, and last year they sent
Dearden further questioned him on the teacher - student ratio since it is part of the “formula” used to determine Croydon’s tuition. Venzini explained that Croydon tuition rate is figured 2 years behind and that at that time Newport did have some classes that had few students, but since then the school has let go of 10 teachers. Venzini noted that the increase to the tuition is 23 plus percent for the year.
Other articles passed:
Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) to be added to the existing capital reserve fund known as Capital Reserve Fund - Transportation. (Estimated Tax Impact $0.21 / $1,000) (passed as read)
school district at an annual meeting may adopt an article authorizing indefinitely, until specific rescission of such authority, the school board to apply for, accept and expend, without further action by the school district, unanticipated money from a state, federal, or other governmental unit or a private source which becomes available during the fiscal year" (passed as read)
providing for a committee to be formed to conduct a feasibility study to recommend any modifications or termination of the current AREA agreement with the Newport School District. The study committee would include Board Members from each district, Superintendent of School (as a non-voting member) parents, community members and a Town Official. (passed as read)
The Croydon PTO bought flowers for retiring superintendent MarilynBrannigan and ex- Croydon School Teacher Lynn Touchette and thanked them for their years of service.
Kim McKinney asked about the problems on the school bus and if the offenderswere asked not to ride the bus again. Superintendent Marilyn Brannigan said the problem was taken care of and stated there was a paid bus monitor on the bus three days a week, in the afternoons.
Principle of the Croydon Village School Jean Baker stated that there are problemsbecause Croydon only has the one bus, and teens are riding with younger students and Croydon has no special education bus, and the bus is crowded.
Gayle Hedrington thanked Patti Lusier and Jan Michel for their volunteer work. Both women keep track of what students live in Croydon and attend every school board meeting.
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