Schroon Lake voters to decide on school budget

SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School District will again ask residents to approve a 2010-11 budget.

A revised budget proposal will go to voters June 15 noon to 8 p.m. in the school lobby.

Schroon Lake residents rejected a proposed $7.4 million budget in balloting May 18 by a 242-203 margin.

The school board has revised that original proposal, trimming $160,802. The new proposal calls for a budget of $7,286,413. That's a 0.86 percent decease from the current budget of $7,349,590.

The revised proposed tax levy totals $5,731,913. That's a 2.63 percent increase from the present levy of $5,585,090. The spending plan rejected by voters in May called for a 5.5 percent tax increase.

To limit spending in the original 2010-11 budget proposal, Schroon Lake teachers agreed to a one-year contract calling for no pay increase. Administrators also agreed to a pay freeze.

The proposed budget also cut $34,721 from custodian services, eliminated the $14,000 summer school program, saved $5,000 by merging bus runs, cut $3,000 from instructional development and saved $3,000 by limiting the annual school trip to New York City to every-other year.

All those cuts remain in the revised budget, plus a $10,000 cut in supplies, the elimination of a $22,000 minivan purchase, a savings of $11,850 by cutting junior varsity basketball, a savings of $6,400 by eliminating late bus runs, a savings of $2,250 by eliminating drug education services and a savings of $425 in school board supplies.

Since the original budget was proposed, the board has also learned its debt service on the district building project will be $63,177 less than anticipated.

Voters also rejected a proposition to purchase a bus, 245-179, in May. That proposition, to buy a bus at a cost not to exceed $95,000, will appear again on the June 15 ballot.

If the budget is rejected, state law requires the district to adopt a contingency budget. The revised budget plan is already at contingency levels, but the law would restrict equipment purchases and building use by non-school groups.

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