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Tupper Lakers overwhelmingly pass school budget

Tupper Lake voters sent a clear message on Tuesday, with over 75 percent voting in favor of passing their school district's budget.

Voters also reelected board members Mike Dechene and Mark Yamrick - both ran unopposed. A proposition to purchase two new school buses also passed.

"Tupper Lake supports education," declared Dechene after hearing the election results Tuesday evening. He received 389 votes and Yamrick netted 404 votes.

Out of a total of 489 votes cast, 367 were in favor of passing the district's $16 million budget that included an unprecedented spending decrease of 2.6 percent and a tax levy increase of 4.37 percent.

Tupper Lake resident Teresa Provost said she voted in favor of the budget and that she believes people understand that the tax increase the school is facing is a result of rising costs, such as health insurance.

The district expects to save more than $80,000 by not rehiring the middle and high schools' retiring principal, Pam Martin.

Instead, Superintendent Seth McGowan and other key staff will take over those responsibilities. There were other administrative staff cuts but no instructional positions were eliminated this year.

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