REGION — District voters approved an FY’22 school budget of $12,393,532 on Tuesday by a total vote of 248-96. The other four budget related questions on the ballot were also all passed overwhelmingly. Voters approved cost center transfers, transferring up to $150,000 toward paying down debt on the schools nutrition program, transferring up to $150,000 into the capital reserve account and an adult education budget of $128,918 (raise $77,885 as the local share).

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Koral Fraser, Tonya Lewis and Danny Whitney were running for the two open spots on the board for Bethel, with Whitney getting 200 votes, Fraser 171 votes and Lewis 157 votes.

Stephanie Erickson and Tammala Goodwin both got re-elected to represent Greenwood, with Goodwin getting a three-year term and Erickson a two-year term. Erickson had served on the board for Newry, but recently relocated to Greenwood.

In Woodstock, incumbent Sheryl Morgan was re-elected, beating out Sylvie Murphy by a tally of 167-97.

In Newry, Meredith Harrop, who replaced member Bonnie Largess following her resignation last year, was re-elected to the board for a three-year term. Harrop ran unopposed. Harrop was the only person to seek a spot on the board despite there being two other seats available.


Superintendent Dave Murphy said several people received write-in votes for both open seats but that he has to check with the district’s attorney to see if there is a minimum number of votes for someone to actually earn a spot on the board.

“At this point, it does not look like any candidate likely received more than three or four votes across the district. The results for the two positions will have to wait until a later date,” Murphy said via email Tuesday night.

The open seats in Newry are for two- and one-year terms.




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