School budgets, propositions to go before voters

School districts across the state are preparing for their annual budget votes Tuesday, May 17. Facing cuts in state aid and an increase in the overall cost of doing business, each district brought forth proposed budget that were ultimately approved for this Tuesday's vote.

Here's a breakdown of what is being proposed in the North Countryman readership area:

Beekmantown Central School District

The proposed 2011-12 annual budget for the Beekmantown Central School District is $38,721,107, a 3.37 increase over last year's budget of $37,458,259. The budget being put before voters utilizes $3.5 million in undesignated fund balance to offset expenditures and will see an increase in the tax levy - the amount to be raised by taxes - over the current amount by $2 million. The budget also results in an increase in the tax rate by $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value, with the new proposed rate being $16.84 per thousand.

Superintendent Scott A. Amo said the budget originally called for the elimination of six elementary school level teachers, one foreign language teacher, one science teacher, and one social studies teacher. However, funding for the positions was restored after qualifying employees accepted an early retirement incentive offered by the district made possible through funding from the federal government.

Other positions already reduced or still planned to reduce included: two typists, two social workers, one account clerk typist, one part-time computer application teacher, one computer resource teacher, one part-time school psychologist, one part-time teacher aide, one part-time universal pre-kindergarten teacher, and the director of curriculum and instruction. The position of computer lab assistant that equates to three and a half full-time positions are also proposed to be eliminated.

Chazy Central Rural School

The Chazy Central Rural School District has proposed a $9,911,907 budget for the coming school year - a $921 increase over last year's overall budget equal to a 0.01 percent climb. The budget calls for a 2.68 percent increase in the tax levy, with an estimated tax rate of $18.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value - a 48 cent per $1,000 increase over last year.

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