MORRISTOWN - The Morristown Central School Board of Education voted against a $9.8 million budget proposal at Wednesdays meeting.
The boards finance committee will meet in the coming weeks and the entire board will reconvene on April 9 to discuss the proposals.
Board members James Michaels, Mark Taylor, Shawn R. Macaulay and Mary Anne Bailey voted in opposition to the budget with Vice President W. Darrell Merkel, President Cyril Aldrich and member Lawrence I. Kring voting in favor of the spending plan.
The budget would have included $15,000 to increase a high school math teacher position from three-quarter time to full time.
But Mr. Macaulay, Mrs. Bailey and Mr. Taylor insisted that the budget should also increase from three-quarter time to full time the high school social studies, English and technology teaching positions – at an estimated cost of $50,000.
Mr. Taylor said the increase in salary, which would be paid for out of the schools roughly $4 million fund balance, is manageable.
Speaking of the schools fund balance Mr. Taylor said the school is becoming a financial institution by keeping that much in reserves.
Mr. Michaels, who earlier opposed increasing the three positions to full time, declined to comment on why he opposed the budget.
The public will be invited to a hearing on the budget on May 12 with the vote being held on May 20.
The budget which was voted down at Wednesdays meeting included a 1.7 percent, $58,715, increase of the districts tax levy bringing it to roughly $3.5 million.
The budget was also roughly $800,000 more than last years $9 million budget with special education costs and employee benefits driving the increase.