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Voters pass Schroon Lake school budget

SCHROON LAKE-Voters passed the 2011-12 Schroon Lake Central School spending plan Tuesday, June 21, five weeks after the first proposal was defeated.

There were 188 yes and 131 no votes. And with 140 fewer voters participating this time, Interim Superintendent Gerald Blair said he wished there were more yes votes; however, given that the Ticonderoga school budget only passed by three votes and the Lake George school budget failed on Tuesday, he said he can't complain.

"I'm very pleased to be able to hand over the school district to the new superintendent with the budget passed," Blair said.

Oswego Middle School Principal Bonnie Finnerty starts her new job as the Schroon Lake Central Superintendent next week. Blair will stick around for a few days to help with the transition, he said.

Blair, who lives in Lake Placid, began his interim position on July 1, 2010 after longtime Superintendent Michael Bonnewell left for a job at the Albion Central School District.

The approved 2011-12 Schroon Lake Central budget totals $7,402,379. The amount to be raised by taxes is $5,862,870, a $130,957 or 2.28 percent increase from 2010-11. The fiscal year begins July 1.

When the proposed budget was first put on the ballot on May 17, voters rejected it with 190 yes and 269 no votes.

In the following weeks, school officials found an additional $89,000 and restored some programs and staffing that were originally cut in the plan. 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.

The Schroon Lake Central School District has 243 students and 57 full- and part-time employees.

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