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Strong yes for Lake Region budget

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by Joseph Gresser

An unusually high number of people attended the Lake Region Union High School Annual Meeting on a stormy night and voted 97 to 51 to approve a budget of $9,907,398 for the 2024-2025 school year.  At the March 20 meeting, voters were led through the intricacies of school spending by high school board member Richard Carbonetti.

He had the task of discussing the reasons the board was asking for a 24.4 percent budget increase and explaining the causes, consequences, and cure for an erroneous report to the state Agency of Education (AOE) concerning the budget voted the year before.

Mr. Carbonetti took on the second job first.  He told voters that contract talks that concluded after last year’s Annual Meeting, meant the high school would have to pay teachers and staff around $690,000 more…

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