Residents approve Lyme-Old Lyme school budget

Old Lyme — Residents approved Tuesday a $31,741,789 budget for the Lyme-Old Lyme school district, a 2.36 percent increase over the current spending plan.

Tuesday’s referendum vote came down to 484 residents in favor and 141 opposed. In Old Lyme, 344 voters supported the budget while 118 were against it. In Lyme, the vote was 140-23.

Old Lyme’s net share of the budget stands at $24,314,383, while Lyme’s net share is $6,483,107.

Superintendent Ian Neviaser said the district put forth a responsible budget and made the budget process transparent.

Board of Education Chairman James Witkins said this year, as in the past several years, the budget received a strong, positive public reaction, which indicates that the school board, teachers, administrators and staff are working together with the public for a “stable and progressive school district.”

“I think this really shows that the school district and the public are in sync,” he said.

— Kimberly Drelich

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