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Teachers bear school budget burdens

The tax levy will remain level at $3,128,903, preventing any increase to the current tax rate of $12.28 per thousand, which is $1.60 higher for district residents in the town of Chesterfield.

"There is no change to our tax levy because the Board of Education understands the critical nature of our current economy," said superintendent Gail Else. "We continue to offer a quality, effective educational program for our students and cost efficiencies for our tax payers."

To contain costs, the proposed budget includes reducing one foreign language teacher position to half-time. Salaries and wages for most administrative and support staff are frozen at their current levels.

"Due to smaller elementary enrollment, we are reducing four elementary teacher positions, resulting in an average class size of 19 students for next year," said Else.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. in the school conference room. Polls will be open May 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

Willsboro

Willsboro Central School is another district where there will be relatively marginal changes to the tax levy. The district's proposed overall budget of $7.93 million is $38,611 less than last year, offsetting part of an approximate $130,000 loss in state aid.

The result is a tax levy of nearly $4.8 million, up $85,682 from last year. That equates to a projected 21 cent rise in the rate per thousand to $11.06.

"Reduction in State Aid is the major factor in this year's tax levy," said superintendent Steve Broadwell. "We will be using money from our reserves to offset the decrease in State aid."

In addition, the school will be cutting positions for two elementary teachers and one teaching assistant.

"Our budget committee and our Board of Education continue to work diligently to balance the needs of the school district with the financial concerns of the local taxpayers," Broadwell added. "This budget maintains our programs and is reflective of the economic times by reducing the overall spending plan for the district."

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