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LP school budget passes, new board members elected

The Lake Placid Central School District's budget passed by a comfortable margin on Tuesday, even though it included some controversial cuts to teaching staff, reductions in course offerings and a tax rate increase of more that 4 percent.

A total of 746 votes were cast with 432 voting to approve their school district's $16.5 million budget.

There were 314 votes against the budget, which included a 3.6 percent spending increase and a 4.04 percent tax levy increase. A bus contract including the lease of two new school buses was also approved.

Voters also elected two new school board members. Herbert Stoerr was elected to the board with 501 votes and Camelia Sheridan was ushered in with 480 votes.

School Board President Philip Baumbach was reelected with 476 votes.

Incumbent Ujju Mahatme, who trailed in the elections with 386 votes, was not reelected since the four candidates had been competing for three openings on the school board.

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