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Proposed WCS budget explained

Warrensburg Central Schools Superintendent Timothy Lawson formally presented the 2010-2011 district budget this week in several meetings.

The expenditures for 2010-11 total $19,017,270 , a decrease of $282,730 or minus 1.46 percent in spending from the current year. Based on the state Governor's budget proposal and other anticipated revenue, the projected amount to be raised from local taxes is $7,836,511, or no increase from the current budget.

The reduction in spending for the upcoming school year is the result of eliminating four instructional positions, eliminating stipends for selected clubs, reductions in fuel, and electricity expenses, reducing field trips and supply expenditures,reductions in BOCES costs for GED preparatory courses and bringing back some Special Education students who were formerly taught at BOCES, and cuts to summer school for elementary and junior high students.

Voters will also be asked to vote on a proposition to establish a Capital Reserve and a proposition to fund a Repair Reserve.Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 18, in the Elementary School Gymnasium. Absentee ballots may be obtained at the District Clerk's office.

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