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Schroon board puts positions, programs back in school budget

SCHROON LAKE-After finding an additional $89,000 since the original 2011-12 spending plan was defeated by voters May 17, the Schroon Lake Central School Board of Education has restored some programs and will unveil the new plan June 7 prior to the budget's second vote.

It was announced at the May 26 School Board meeting that Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, has promised the school district a $50,000 member line item grant. Plus, a $29,000 federal grant was found, and the school will save $10,000 by hiring a speech teacher in-house rather than through BOCES.

Interim Superintendent Gerald Blair called the grant from Sen. Little a "gift from Heaven," and he explained that while the budget total has now increased by $89,000 from the previous proposal - $7,352,379 - the new expenditures are offset by these revenue sources.

Therefore, the amount to be raised by taxes will remain the same as the previous proposal - $5,862,870, a $130,957 or 2.28 increase.

School Board members placed some items back in the proposed budget that they had originally trimmed. Here are those changes:

-The band teacher will be full time.

-The art teacher will be full time.

-The Home & Career teacher will be four days.

-The librarian will be four days.

-The CSE chairperson will be four and one half days.

- Junior Varsity basketball has been reinstated.

-A combined squad for cheerleading has been reinstated.

-Transportation will be provided to and from the summer school for K and grades 1 and 2 students.

A copy of the budget is available at the school and the library. The budget hearing starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 in the auditorium. The budget vote will be from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

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