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Sunderland school board reduces budget by $52,980

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap.

The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or 0.88 percent, more than the current year.

Savings were found through a grant supporting the cost of special education and savings in electrical costs.

The original budget approved in February.

The committee found $10,000 in electricity savings through the Green Communities program. The school would use that money to offset the $83,290 retirement cost of three teachers. The school was requesting that money in an article separate from its budget at town meeting on April 25 at 7 p.m.

The savings moves the town closer to filling its $91,198 budget hole.

The Board of Selectmen have asked town departments to review their budgets for savings. The board specifically reached out to the School Committee to find some reductions.

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