Schroon budget meets tax cap

To the Times of Ti:

On April 4, 2012, the Schroon Lake Central School Board of Education adopted a school budget in the amount of $7,243,314.00. This reflects a decrease in spending of $159,065 compared to the current 2011-2012 budget. In addition, based on a recent New York State Comptroller’s Office audit, the district’s maximum allowable tax levy is set at 2.99 percent. The district budget levy for 2012-2013 presented to the voters will be 2.97 percent, slightly below the allowable district levy tax cap.

As superintendent, I am pleased with the work the board of education, administrative team, faculty and staff has done this year to help put forth a very reasonable and fiscally responsible school budget. We listened to our community and went back into our anticipated revenue figures to determine how we could meet the board of education adopted expenditure budget and stay below the allowable tax cap. We have done that and will present a budget that is both lower in spending and below the tax cap.

The Schroon Lake Teachers Association agreed to forego their contractual 2 percent pay increase for all non-reduced members. This good faith gesture certainly helped us balance our budget for the upcoming year. Likewise, all district employees have switched insurance plans, a move that should save the district insurance premium costs over time.

The staffing reductions included in the 2012-2013 school budget are primarily due to decreased student enrollment. A new master teaching schedule no longer has students in grades 7-9 separating into two sections. This realignment helps keep program offerings intact while maintaining very reasonable class sizes.

The board of education-approved budget below the tax cap requires only a majority vote for approval. There was additional information available for voters at the board of education meeting on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. In addition, the district budget brochure as well as information pertaining to the bus purchase proposal will be available on the school district website at www.schroonschool.org

If you have any questions about the school budget or anything related to Schroon Lake Central School please feel free to contact me at 532-7164 or at bfinnerty@schroonschool.org.

Bonnie Finnerty, Superintendent

Schroon Lake Central School

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