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Regional School District 17 Referendum: Part One

Written by Meghan Peterson.

HKHS-OK2This past May, Haddam and Killingworth residents headed to the polls for a school budget referendum – twice. On May 3, 2016, the RSD17 Board of Education budget did not pass. After the Board of Education made revisions to the original budget, residents voted about three weeks later on May 26, 2016.

The original proposed budget amounted to $42,225,841.32. The revised budget voted on May 26 was $41,872,751.73. As Haddam Now previously reported, there was a $353, 089 difference between the original and revised proposed budget. See this link  for additional background information on these Spring votes.

The revised budget referendum passed on May 26, 2016 with 1,303 voting “Yes” and 1,025 voting “No.” Haddam’s “Yes” tally was 622; Haddam’s “No” tally was 788. Killingworth’s “Yes” vote was 681; Killingworth’s “No” vote was 237. Regional School District 17 comprises both Haddam and Killingworth. See this link for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers.

This Fall, Haddam and Killingworth residents will return to the voting booth for more than just the presidential election. A school referendum – this time centering on renovating and upgrading the high school’s forty years-old infrastructure – will occur in October. The precise date has not been arranged yet.

The Board of Education will be holding public hearings and meetings prior to the referendum:

September 7, 2016 – public informational/interactive meeting @ 7 pm — Haddam Killingworth Middle School

September 8, 2016 – public informational/interactive meeting @ 7pm — Haddam Killingworth High School

September 15, 2016 – public hearing @ 7pm – Haddam Killingworth High School Auditorium

September 15, 2016 – special Board of Education meeting following public hearing

In the meantime, we are providing a series on the upcoming referendum in order to give detailed information for voters. In the next article, Haddam Now sits down with several key school officials to discuss the referendum in more detailed terms.

Stay tuned!