Michael DiVittorio | Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Plum School District’s 2018-19 spending plan carries significant changes to staff, taxes and curriculum.

The board voted 5-3 June 26 to approve a 2018-19 budget including furloughs of 26 teachers and one administrator, a 0.8327-mill hike and a move to half-day kindergarten.

Board members in favor of the budget were Angela Anderson, Jim Rogers, Brian Wisniewski, Rich Zucco and board Vice President Vicky Roessler.

Scott Kolar, Sue Caldwell and board President Steve Schlauch dissented. Scott Coulson was absent.

The bulk of the furloughs come from the closure of Regency Park Elementary School. District officials did not publicly name the affected employees.

The adopted tax resolution sets next year’s millage rate at 21.0757 mills. Owners of a $121,000 assessed property would pay $101 more in taxes as a result of the increase.

The move to half-day kindergarten is a cost-saving effort.

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