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Vernon schools ponder future without Vt. Yankee

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont town that is home to the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is planning for a future without the property taxes paid by the plant.

In Vernon, both school and local officials have been planning for a loss of the local taxes paid by Vermont Yankee. The plant pays about half the town's property taxes.

School board members are mulling staff changes, energy savings and other measures, but officials say any cuts must give careful consideration to educational standards and class sizes.

In planning for next year's spending, school officials have been looking at projected enrollment and other measures.

The budget preparations for fiscal year 2015 will continue into January, with a public forum expected to be held.

Officials are also looking at transportation and food-service spending, school board member Mike Hebert told the Brattleboro Reformer ( ).

"You reach a certain point where you can't go any further (with cuts)," Hebert said. "It's a little tricky for schools when you're trying to cut the budget."


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