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Southampton schools tentatively OK $68M budget

Nicholas Dyno, the interim Southampton district superintendent, speaks

Nicholas Dyno, the interim Southampton district superintendent, speaks during a Southampton Board of Education meeting on April 19, 2016. Dyno replaced former superintendent Scott Farina, who recently resigned. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Days after the resignation of the Southampton school district’s superintendent, the board of education tentatively adopted a $68 million budget for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday night.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the budget, which will face further discussion and then a vote at the next two meetings, May 3 and 17.

The proposed budget includes a projected decline in the district’s tax rate, about 2 cents lower per $1,000 of taxable value than the past year — to $2.35, said Maria Smith, assistant superintendent for business.

Other items voted on included approvals for a slew of salary changes and money for field trips.

Interim Superintendent Nicholas Dyno took former Superintendent Scott Farina’s place at the meeting, which was attended largely by district personnel.

Dyno was appointed during a special meeting Friday, in which the board unanimously voted to accept Farina’s resignation amid allegations of misconduct.

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