Hague defeats Ti budget

To help close that budget gap, the Ti school board has cut 7.5 positions - 5 percent of its teaching staff, consolidated bus routes, eliminated out-of-district conferences, cut department chairmanships, slashed the music enrichment program and cut the high school student mentoring program.

The staff cuts - two elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, a high school teacher, an administrator, a bus driver and a teacher aide - will save the district $432,000.

The other cuts total $149,249.

Also helping cut costs is a decision by Ti teachers to switch health insurance programs, which will save the district $150,000 a year.

Increases in the proposed budget include 2 percent net pay hikes for teachers and 2 percent increases for administrators. Non-instructional employees are now in contract negotiations.

Voters also elected three board of education members. Elected were Mark Russell with 548 votes, Robert Palandrani Jr. with 542 and R. William Grinnell with 523. All are from Ticonderoga.

Bruce Clark, a Hague resident, received 516 votes.

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