$23M school budget goes to voters in June


FARMINGTON – SAD 9 directors voted Tuesday to send a $23 million spending package to voters in nine towns on June 13.

The budget reflects a 5 percent – $1 million – increase over current spending but at the same time – due to increased state funding – it will deliver a 5 percent decrease in local commitments.

A public hearing on the budget will be held in late May, either on May 23 or 30, board Chairman Ray Glass said Wednesday.

“It’s a good budget,” Glass said. “It’s a relatively noncontroversial budget with the exception of rising fuel costs.”

The board also hired Raymond Cardona of Wilton as the assistant director of support services at a salary of $35,000 with other benefits accorded district administrators, Glass said.

Cardona will work under the supervision of David Leavitt, who will be support services director of both transportation and maintenance of physical plants as of July 1. Leavitt now oversees transportation services. The district combined the services and oversight of them recently after physical plant Supervisor David Gould announced his retirement at the end of the school year.

Cardona has extensive experience in strategic planning, people management, education and operations, according to his resume. He has been a risk security manager, senior customer service account manager and customer marketing adviser for MBNA/Bank of America, was an assistant operations manager for Ames Department Store and a supervisor in the U.S. Navy.

Directors approved a two-year contract.

The board also voted to suspend two sixth-graders for the rest of the year for violating district policies and rules in the student handbook, he said. The suspensions followed closed-door disciplinary hearings

The students, with parental cooperation, will be able to work with the school to get their work so they will be able to complete the sixth-grade, he said.