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Crown Point students attending Ti High

Districts share physics class

Julianne Glebus of Crown Point and Joe Gonyeau of Ticonderoga work on a physics experiment. Crown Point students are coming to Ti High each day to take the physics class.

Julianne Glebus of Crown Point and Joe Gonyeau of Ticonderoga work on a physics experiment. Crown Point students are coming to Ti High each day to take the physics class. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Beginning with the 2012-13 spending plan, school district budget increases will be capped at 2 percent. That cap means school administrators are looking at every possible savings.

Crown Point has 280 students, while enrollment is 900 at Ticonderoga.

Ticonderoga has a $18,997,947 budget in 2011-12. The district has struggled with its budget the past two years, with voters rejecting proposed spending plans twice.

Ticonderoga’s budget for 2011-12 includes reductions in textbooks, the district newsletter, library, internal auditing, computers, transportation, athletics, summer school, the annual Whale Watch trip and other items totalling $242,319.

The Ticonderoga Teachers Association agreed to forgo most of its contractual wage increases. Those concessions totalled $320,000. Teachers were to receive a 5.73 percent wage increase but agreed to waive 85 percent of their raises and skip step increases in their salaries. They also agreed to freeze extracurricular activity pay.

Those concessions, though, weren’t enough to prevent job loses. The elementary school principal position, an elementary reading teacher, a kindergarten teacher and a teaching assistant have been eliminated through attrition. Two teachers and a teaching assistant were eliminated by lay off. Three other teachers and a teaching assistant will become half-time positions.

District administrators agreed to a pay freeze.

Crown Point has a $6,084,266 budget in 2011-12.

The budget includes the elimination of 2.9 teaching positions and 3.6 non-instructional jobs. A teaching assistant was eliminated, while science and math positions became half time and Spanish and special education posts were reduced 20 percent. Also cut was 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.

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