School Administrative District 53, which includes the communities of Burnham, Detroit and Pittsfield, has scheduled a special budget meeting for Monday to amend the school budget and use additional revenue to pay for teacher retirement costs.

The proposed amendment wouldn’t affect residents’ tax bills, as the additional money would come from a larger state subsidy than the district previously budgeted for, according to Superintendent Dominic DePatsy.

The district voted last year not to budget for teacher retirement costs up front, as other school districts did, DePatsy said. The additional revenue comes from a higher state subsidy than the district budgeted for at the annual Town Meeting in May. The previous subsidy was roughly $5,930,000, compared to the roughly $6,029,000 the district actually received once the state approved its budget. The difference makes up the entire $95,662 cost of teacher retirement.

“It definitely helps if this vote gets passed,” DePatsy said.

The special budget meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield. The referendum vote is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239
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