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Hawlemont budget hearing set for Feb. 26

CHARLEMONT — The Hawlemont Regional School District is asking for a school budget that is at least 16 percent less than this year’s $1.9 million budget.

The public hearing will take place at the school on Feb. 26 at 4:15 p.m.

School Committee members will be asked to adopt the coming year’s school budget during their regularly scheduled meeting on March 19.

The $1.6 million budget request represents a $319,845 decrease from the current fiscal year. Much of that savings is because the district has paid down its capital debt this year for past building renovations.

If this draft budget is adopted, Charlemont’s school assessment for next year will be $677,174 — a decrease of about $566 from this year. For Hawley, the proposed $153,129 assessment represents an $8,787 increase. Hawley’s share of the overall operating costs increased from about 15 percent to 15.5 percent, based on the regional district’s five-year enrollment average. Charlemont’s share of school costs dropped about one-half percent, based on its five-year enrollment average.

In the current and next year, revenue from leasing part of the Hawlemont building to the Rowe Elementary School is expected to bring in about $74,000.

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