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ILCS cuts two positions, programs in 2011-2012 budget

INDIANLAKE-Indian Lake Central School (ILCS) will cut one secretarial position by attrition and one part time reading teacher position next year. Superintendent Mark Brand hopes cuts to the proposed budget will keep their tax rate increase to a minimum.

Brand is reevaluating their position after the recent reinstatement of education funding to the NYS budget, but is planning on a tax rate increase just shy of 3 percent to the current $6.19 per $1,000 of assessed property.

"There are many variables that we are still considering," he said. "But we are doing our best to keep increases to a minimum."

Taking into account the reinstatements, ILCS still lost roughly $115,199 in state aid for next year's school year. The cut represents 15.45 percent of the schools total state aid.

The current ILCS budget is $5,803,032 and the proposed budget for next year is $5,783,316, representing a .34 percent decrease.

Aside from cuts to staffing, Brand and his budget committee made other reductions, trimming close to $130,000 dollars from the proposed budget. Summer school programs have been reduced as well as spending limits for field trips and supplies.

ILCS took one of the biggest hits in their BOCES budget when cuts at the state level were made.

"These cuts are significant," Brand said. "We were faced with trying to trim a budget that was already pretty lean and mean."

Brand admitted that ILCS will be looking at regional options to satisfy their educational goals. They already combine sports with Long Lake Central School and more decisions like that will likely be made in the coming months.

The school board will move forward with several questions on their minds including, what kind of school they want to have and how they will achieve it while dealing with spending cuts, according to Brand.

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