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Frontier Regional towns to pay $6,984,771

Frontier Regional School’s four feeder towns would pay $6,984,771 for next school year under the current budget proposal.

The breakdown for the four towns is as follows: Deerfield would pay $3,260,522; Sunderland, $1,737,316; Whately, $925,545; and Conway, $1,061,388.

The total assessment is 6.65 percent more than the district paid this year.

Deerfield would pay 9.32 percent more than the current year, Sunderland, 1.06 percent more, Whately, 1 percent less, and Conway, 16.3 percent more.

The assessments combine the costs for operation, debt and transportation. It is based on the five-year rolling enrollment. Students from Sunderland and Whately decreased over the past few years.

The School Committee approved a $9,855,695 budget for next year, which will go before the townspeople in each of the four towns in the spring for final adoption. The budget increased $466,861, or 4.97 percent, from the current school year.

The assessments have decreased from the original proposed increase of 8.53 percent after town selectmen and finance members raised concern.

To reduce the assessments, the School Committee would take $40,000 from the surplus fund.

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