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Voters to decide on school budgets

Crown Point

CROWN POINT - The proposed 2010-11 Crown Point Central School District budget is identical to the current spending plan, although taxes are expected to increase.

The tax hike is the result of a $237,000 loss in state aid and increased expenses.

"Making difficult decisions to meet the current contingent budget cap of 0 percent was the goal so that the taxpayer burden was as small as possible," Superintendent Shari Brannock said.

The proposed 2010-11 budget totals $6,279,131, exactly the same as the present spending plan.

The amount to the raised by taxes in the proposed budget is $1,463,755, a 3.81 percent increase from the current tax levy.

Taxpayers will vote on the budget May 18 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the school foyer and 1:30-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Voters will also select three school board members. Seeking seats are incumbents Mitch St. Pierre and Julie Budwick along with Kathy DebroBander.

A key to holding the line in the budget was benefit concessions by teachers. In a new contract the teachers, who took no pay increase this past year, will get raises of 2.95, 3.95 and 4.95 percent during the next years while agreeing to pay more for health insurance.

"Given the current economic climate those involved wanted to ensure a high-quality education system for students as the No. 1 priority," Brannock said. "In doing so CPTA members agreed to move to a higher deductible health insurance plan during their next contract.

"Our school community and taxpayers are thankful to our teachers for their willingness to contribute personally and collectively to the future of our school and its students," she said.

Cathy Russell, president of the CPTA, said teachers did what was best for the school and its students.

"I'm proud of our teachers," Russell said. "Last year we had to give back money. This year when the school administration asked for more help we were happy to do our part."

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