WUHS $11.3 million school budget passes
WOODSTOCK — The $11.3 million Woodstock Union Middle/High School budget passed despite being defeated in one of the towns it serves.
Woodstock Union High School Principal Greg Schilinger said the unofficial results were 985-447 with 322 blank ballots. A total of 1,754 voted on the school budget.
Bridgewater was the only town to defeat the Woodstock Union Middle/High School budget, 35-42. The budget passed in Barnard, 105-41; Pomfret, 59-28; Killington, 327-113; Reading, 45-28; and in Woodstock, 414-195.
Residents raised concerns leading up to the vote because it included layoffs and downgrading of faculty and staff from full-time to part-time positions. The layoffs include Erin Danner, the 2010 Math Teacher of the Year, an art teacher and two family/consumer science paraprofessionals.
According to the School Board, class sizes were a primary factor for cutting faculty and staff positions. The state recommends class sizes of 18 to 22 students and WUHS class sizes are currently 10 to 13 students per class.
Schilinger said the results will be made official at an upcoming School Board meeting.