DIXFIELD — Regional School Unit 10 Superintendent Craig King said Tuesday that he hopes to shepherd creation of an operating budget for school year 2016-17 that is no more than two percent above the current year’s figure of $36.4 million.

“We do need to make some increases,” he said.

The school board heard requests from several cost centers during Monday’s regular meeting.

At the upcoming Feb. 8 meeting, requests by curriculum and instruction and the gifted and talented program will be presented, he said. Requests by special education and transportation will be presented on Feb. 22.

A preliminary budget will be presented at the April 11 board meeting, on which the board will take action at a later April meeting. Public hearings will be held on May 18 and 19.

A districtwide, town meeting-style vote is set for May 25, followed by a referendum vote on the determined dollar amount on May 25. Residents at each of the district’s 12 member towns will record their decisions at the polls on June 14.

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In other matters at Monday’s board meeting, King said the board approved a policy for the administration of medicinal marijuana to students. He said students that require the medicine must have a prescription for the liquid form of the drug and it must be administered by a school nurse.

Also on Monday:

• A Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting was set for 6 p.m., Jan. 28, at the Central Office; and

• Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Ryan Casey said a Diversity Day, which provides opportunities for students to learn about a wide variety of people, will be set for a still-undetermined date in the spring.


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