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How The School District Budget Approval Process Works

The annual budget for the ConVal School District is subject to a two-part approval process.

The Deliberative Session, or District Meeting Part I, is dedicated to discussions and amendments to the proposed budget. The second is the Voting Session that determines whether district voters support or decline the proposed budget.

On Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, the ConVal School Board will conduct the Deliberative Session on its 2020-2021 Budget and Warrant Articles in the ConVal High School Gymnasium, beginning at 6:00 pm. The snow date for this event is Thursday, February 6th, 2020.

The Deliberative Session is conducted for the purpose of discussing, debating, and possibly amending the budget and warrant articles. This session determines the final form of the proposed budget. For example, an appropriation article can be amended from one amount of money to a different amount. Once agreement on all elements of the budget has been reached, the proposal is finalized to appear on the March ballot.

In the second or Voting Session, voters in all nine district towns either endorse or decline the proposed operating budget. Voting by ballot will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 in each town’s designated polling place.

Should the proposed budget fail in the official ballot referendum on March 10th, a “default budget” will be enacted. While the default budget is typically lower than the proposed budget, it will likely result in position cuts and loss of educational opportunities for students.

To see the annual meeting timeline, please click here. To review the proposed ConVal budget before the Deliberative Session on February 4th, please follow this link.