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Budgets pass in all Clinton County school districts

School budgets throughout Clinton County were approved by voters during the annual vote held May 17. The breakdown for the North Countryman readership area is as follows:

BEEKMANTOWN

The $38,721,107 annual budget proposed for the Beekmantown Central School District was narrowly approved by voters 746 to 730.

Superintendent Scott A. Amo said given the controversy over reductions in funding for various departments and employees, he wasn't surprised the vote was as close as it was.

"I think budgeting for many schools in New York state is suspect to the loss of state aid and revenue," said Amo. "I was expecting this to be a close vote but I am pleased the vote did pass. As I've said before, it presents a balance for quality programming that's sensitive to the local taxpayers."

Board of education member Leonard King was re-elected to a five-year term with 954 votes. Michael Hall received one write-in vote.

Voters also approved a proposition to purchase one 66-passenger bus and one seven-passenger vehicle by a vote of 219 to 13. The cost of the vehicles is not to exceed $134,000.

CHAZY

The Chazy Central Rural School District received approval for its $9,911,907 budget for the coming school year by a vote of 232 to 65. Voters also approved a proposition for the district to disburse $35,000 to the Chazy Public Library in annual support of its programming. The proposition was approved 192 to 90.

Rosemary Souza-Botten was approved to a five-tear term on the board of education with 192 votes. Mary LaPierre was approved for another by 216 votes. George Brendler was approved as a library trustee by 247 votes.

Superintendent John Fairchild said he and the board of education thank the community for supporting the budget.

"The vote clearly indicates the overwhelming support of the community for the school and the excellent educational program that is provided for the students of Chazy," said Fairchild, adding the pay freeze agreed to by the Chazy Teachers Association, administrators and other district employees helped "maintain all student programs and faculty positions."

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