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Crown Point voters OK budget

CROWNPOINT-Crown Point Central School's 2011-12 budget has been approved by voters.

The spending plan was adopted by a 138-86 vote May 17.

The 2011-12 budget totals $6,084,266, a decrease of $194,865 - 3.1 percent - from the current spending plan of $6,279,131.

But while spending is down, taxes are up in the budget. The tax levy for 2011-12 is $1,489,000, an increase of $25,245 - 1.7 percent - from the present tax levy of $1,463,755.

The discrepancy between the reduced budget and higher tax levy is the result of a $275,131 loss in state and federal aid.

The budget includes the elimination of 2.9 teaching positions and 3.6 non-instructional jobs. Amath teacher and a teaching assistant are being eliminated, while a science position will become half time and Spanish and special education posts will be reduced 20 percent. Also being cut is a bus monitor, a bus driver, an account clerk and a maintenance position.

Those job cuts save the district $225,269.

The district will also save $34,488 this year and $70,000 next year because teachers agreed to a health insurance coverage change.

A decline in the number of special education students in the district will save $123,089 next academic year.

The 2011-12 budget also includes some spending increases. Fuel costs are up 22 percent and employee retirement costs are up 11 percent. There are also pay raises of 2 percent for non-instructional staff, 3 percent for administration and 3.95 percent for teachers.

The board decided to use a $352,778 fund balance in the 2011-12 budget.

Voters also elected three board of education members. Jacalyn Popp received 170 votes, Terry Ross 133 and Morgan Sprague 129. Write-in candidates Casey Carey received 67 votes and Sarah Macey 61.

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