continued “The state expects more and more,” Boucher said. “The pressure to consolidated (with another school) is growing. Yet our resident know its advantageous for the community to keep our school open.”
Parents who decide to send their students to Putnam will be getting a real bargain, Boucher said. A New York State Department of Education tuition formula values a Putnam education at $32,000 a year. Putnam now pays Ticonderoga Central School District $12,000 for each student attending middle and high school.
Facing a state-imposed 2 percent tax cap and other mandates, Boucher said schools must be willing to make changes.
“You must have an open mind and do things differently to continue meeting the needs of students and taxpayers,” the superintendent said. “There’s no more business as usual.”