BENNINGTON -- By a margin of 600 to 388, voters approved a $13,007,574 Bennington School District budget at a special meeting Tuesday.
"I'm very happy with the vote," said Catherine McClure, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union superintendent, after learning the vote results Tuesday evening at the Bennington Firehouse. "I'm relieved, and I thank everyone for coming out and supporting the budget."
The original budget was voted down on Town Meeting Day in March by a margin of 989 to 1,028. The latest version of the budget reflected $37,502 the BSD board had trimmed from the original.
McClure noted that the result was fitting as Tuesday was Teacher Appreciation Day.
She said, "I know having a special election is difficult. So thank you to everyone that voted -- it's appreciated."
Bennington Town Clerk Tim Corcoran noted, "It was an extremely light vote" Tuesday with just under 1,000 of Bennington's roughly 8,500 registered voters turning out.
Arlington School District also held a special meeting Tuesday to vote for a school director to fill the remainder of a two-year term. Per the official ASD results, Glen R. Gross won the seat by a one-vote margin over Gerald Woodard. Gross received 79 votes to Woodard's 78. Gary Harrington received 12 votes. Two of the total 171 ballots were listed as "spoiled."
In Pownal, Jason Olansky garnered 302 votes to take the seat vacated by Dale Palmer. Elizabeth Baker netted 72 votes, and there were 7 write-ins.