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Crown Point school budget lowest in years

Retirements help trim spending

The proposed 2012-13 Crown Point Central School budget is less than district spending four years ago.

The proposed 2012-13 Crown Point Central School budget is less than district spending four years ago. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Crown Point offered eligible staff a monetary incentive, depending on their years of service, to retire this year. Four teachers and a teacher’s aide accepted.

“We don’t want to lose veteran teachers, but that’s where the money is,” Brannock said. “We felt it was important to reduce personnel costs.”

The proposed budget includes $3.9 million in state aid — 63 percent of the total budget — and $414,511 in fund balance from 2011-12.

There are also a few additions in the proposed budget. The spending plan calls for a new college-level math class, a junior varsity boys basketball team and the addition of a lunch monitor position.

The proposed budget also includes pay increases of 2 to 4 percent for employees.

Crown Point has made major cuts in earlier budgets, but the school remains strong, Brannock said.

“I think the quality of education is good,” she said. “I wish we had more support for students, more time for remedial and intervention services, but we’ve been as proactive and creative as possible to do more with less.

“I have no fear that the quality of education is suffering,” the superintendent said. “Our staff has really stepped up the plate to bridge the gaps.”

Crown Point has 279 students and 60 employees. It had 74 employees four years ago.

Voters will also elect a member to the board of education May 15. Incumbent Kimberly Woods is not seeking re-election. June Glebus is running unopposed for her seat.

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