South Kingstown votes to not cut $1.5M from school budget

South Kingstown voters are seen waiting in line at a polling location, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. (WLNE)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — The town of South Kingstown voted Tuesday to not cut funding to the town’s schools.

Officials said the final vote was approximately 4604 approving the budget, and 1228 votes for approving the petition to reduce school funding.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and town residents were out in full force casting their votes to either approve the town’s budget or cut it by $1.5 million in favor of a tax break for residents.

Many residents told ABC 6 News they opposed the potential cuts to the school budget, expressing concerns over the impact students had in school over recent years — such as dealing with COVID and other adjustments they had to make in the classroom.

If the budget cuts are approved, several programs within the district will be slashed, including fall sports programs, music programs, and even some full-time staff positions.

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