After state budget adoption, Long Lake Central sees some restoration of state aid

LONGLAKE- Long Lake Central School received $7,896 in restored state aid this week, bringing their total loss for next year down to $30,277. The cuts represent a 7 percent reduction in total state aid.

The restored funds, coupled with the use of bus and capital reserve funds allowed Long Lake to skirt around cuts and program hits. No major lay-off have occurred and current programing will be maintained, according to superintendent Mary Jo Dickerson.

The total proposed budget for 2011-12 of $3,684,350 will bring the tax rate to $3.76 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $3.46 this year. That means a homeowner assessed at $100,000 will pay about $30 more in school tax.

Dickerson and the school board approached this budget year with a 3-5 year plan in mind in an effort to avoid major cuts this year and in the future.

"We want to maintain programing for as long as we can," Dickerson said. "We have to take all aspects into consideration and also be realistic about our options."

The board met with teachers and administrators early in the fall to discuss how to deal with the potential cuts. Early planning will prove to help Long Lake as more cuts are made in the future, according to Dickerson.

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