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Voters to decide on school budgets

The health insurance concession will save the district more than $60,000 a year, Brannock said.

Non-instructional employees will get 4 percent raises in the new budget.

While the teacher concession helped, it wasn't enough to close the budget deficit. As a result 5 1/2 positions have been cut, the GED program has been eliminated, high school special education services have been slashed, a bus purchase has been postponed and material and supplies purchases have been limited.

The staff cuts include two teaching assistants and a cleaner. Special education and social students positions have been reduced to half time, a science job has been cut by a third and Spanish and guidance positions have been reduced by a fifth.

Principal Agatha Mace is retiring, Brannock noted, and it's uncertain how that post will be filled. In any event, there will be a savings to the district.

School office hours will also be cut to save money.

Brannock noted the proposed budget does not cut any student programs.

"Crown Point Central School is fortunate that under the proposed 2010-11 budget students will have similar academic programs, college electives, athletics and extra-curricular activities," she said. "Our TEAM theme prevails - Together Everyone Achieves More.

"Our goal was to have as little impact on students as possible; they won't be feeling the affects of these changes," Brannock said. "We're still able to do more with less rather than less with less."

Crown Point has 280 students, down from a peak enrollment of 415 two decades ago.

Moriah

PORT HENRY - The proposed 2010-11 Moriah Central School budget holds the line on taxes.

That's the good news. The bad news is the spending plan includes major cuts in staff. The proposed budget calls for the elimination of nine positions, including both the high school and elementary school principals.

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