Georgia’s fiscal year 2015 school budget passed by 221 votes in its third try on Tuesday, June 3.

More residents cast their ballots for Tuesday’s budget than for either of the two previous proposals: About 26 percent of the town’s 3,213 registered voters showed up at the polls this round.

Board Chairman Carl Laroe remarked on the improved turnout and extended his appreciation to the 847 people who cast their votes.

“I want to thank them all for coming out and voting, whether [they voted] yes or no,” Laroe said. “It was a respectable budget that we put through, and I think the public acknowledged that.”

The $12.8 million budget, a 1.93 percent increase over FY14, saw more than $160,000 in reductions from the last proposal, which failed on April 17. The first budget plan rejected by Georgia voters on Town Meeting Day was nearly $200,000 more than what voters approved on Tuesday.

Cuts from the last proposal were made by eliminating a paraeducator, a science/technology/engineering/math position, the elementary compensatory math teacher, reducing staff raises and postponing vent cleaning and additions to the middle school language arts program. There was also $20,000 in savings from the recent announcement of longtime GEMS teacher Carol Frechette’s retirement.

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