Voters approve budget for Leland & Gray

TOWNSHEND — Voters on Feb. 3 overwhelmingly approved the 2016-17 budget for Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School.

The total vote was 208 in favor of and 78 against the $7.12 million spending plan, and each of the union district's five towns approved the budget.

District Clerk Gloria Cristelli reported the results as follows: Brookline, 30 yes and 15 no; Jamaica, 40 yes and nine no; Newfane, 69 yes and 22 no; Townshend, 41 yes and 28 no; and Windham, 28 yes and four no.

The budget proposed spending of $16,384 per equalized pupil, 0.2 percent lower than the current year's spending.

The budget includes staff reductions based on enrollment changes, but the plan also includes increased allocations for music education, building security, special education, and the Journey East program, officials have said.

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