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Ticonderoga school board makes more cuts prior to revote

TICONDEROGA-Ticonderoga school officials will submit a revised budget proposal to voters.

The board of education has trimmed $88,000 from the proposed 2011-12 budget that was rejected by residents May 17.

The new proposal totals $18,997,947 and calls for a 3.9 increase in the tax levy. 

The budget re-vote will be Tuesday, June 21, noon to 8 p.m. in the Ticonderoga High School lobby and at the Hague Community Center.

A public hearing on the proposed spending plan will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Ti Elementary-Middle School auditorium.

Only registered voters can cast ballots. A voter registration day will be held Tuesday, June 14, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Ti High lobby and at the Hague Community Center.

The revised budget proposal cuts $57,000 in teacher costs. The remainder of the $88,000 in additional cuts come in equipment purchases, snow removal, radios and a computer for the central office.

"We received a retirement and a maternity leave after the vote, which created about $57,000 in breakage and staff re-organization," Superintendent John McDonald said. "The remainder is in equipment that we desperately need, but probably would not meet the criteria for contingency."

Cuts in the initial proposal budget included reductions in textbooks, the district newsletter, library, internal auditing, computers, transportation, athletics, summer school, the annual Whale Watch trip and other items totalling $242,319.

The Ticonderoga Teachers Association decided to assist the district by agreeing to forgo most of its contractual wage increases. Those concessions totalled $320,000.

Teachers were to receive a 5.73 percent wage increase but agreed to waive 85 percent of their raises and skip step increases in their salaries. They also agreed to freeze extracurricular activity pay.

Those concessions, though, weren't enough to prevent job loses in the proposed budget.

The elementary school principal position, an elementary reading teacher, a kindergarten teacher and a teaching assistant were to be eliminated through attrition.

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