Seymour schools set public hearings


The Seymour Community School Corp. Board of Education will hold a public hearing for its proposed 2021 budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Seymour High School cafeteria.

At that time, Steve Nauman, corporation business manager, will go over the school system’s budget, bus replacement fund and the capital projects plan.

After Nauman’s presentation, public comments will be allowed.

The budget and plans are scheduled to be adopted at the Oct. 13 school board meeting.

Immediately following Tuesday’s public hearing on the budget, another public hearing will be held for people to learn more about the process of collective bargaining with teachers.

Superintendent Brandon Harpe will explain the purpose of the hearing and then allow for public testimony.

The hearing is a state-mandated opportunity for residents to get involved and make their voices heard on the matter of school employees’ salaries, wages and benefits.

The formal teacher contract bargaining period began Sept. 15 and ends Nov. 15. Informal bargaining can still be completed in closed sessions.

During the hearing, people will be allowed to address both the school board and the Seymour Education Association, but neither side will make an official statement.

“All it is is an opportunity for anyone who wants to come forward and talk about collective bargaining in any way to have that opportunity,” he said.

After both hearings, the board will conduct regular business, including hearing about the district’s school improvement plans and a request to purchase new band equipment for Seymour High School.

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Public hearings for Seymour Community School’s 2021 budget and collective bargaining

Where: Seymour High School cafeteria

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday


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