Schroon Lake voters OK budget on second attempt

SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School District voters have approved a 2010-11 budget.

A $7.2 million spending plan was adopted, 244-200, June 15.

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

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

The 2010-11 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 2010-11 budget, Schroon Lake teachers agreed to a one-year contract calling for no pay increase. Administrators also agreed to a pay freeze.

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

In the revised budget there is an additional $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 also learned its debt service on the district building project will be $63,177 less than anticipated.

A proposition to purchase a bus at a cost not to exceed $95,000 didn't fare as well with voters. It was rejected, 251-185, June 15.

That same proposition was rejected by a 245-179 count on May 18.

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