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Salary freeze helps Ticonderoga school meet tax cap

Proposed school budget is down 6 percent

It’s been a difficult budget process for the Ticonderoga Central School District. Facing a nearly $2 million deficit when work started, the board of education has adopted a 2012-13 budget proposal that meets the state tax cap.

It’s been a difficult budget process for the Ticonderoga Central School District. Facing a nearly $2 million deficit when work started, the board of education has adopted a 2012-13 budget proposal that meets the state tax cap. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The proposed budget also cuts several positions, totalling $132,000. McDonald noted the district has eliminated 20 jobs — 10 percent of its workforce — in the past three years. Ti has 170 employees.

“Our teachers and staff obviously care deeply about our students,” McDonald said. “If they hadn’t agreed to a salary freeze it would have been devastating for our kids. I’m very proud of all our staff for making this gesture.”

Ticonderoga also plans on moving students from Champlain Valley Educational Services back to the local school. That will save the district about $300,000.

Other major reductions in spending include $213,000 in transportation, $115,000 in equipment, $54,500 in supplies and $31,000 in summer school. Virtually every line item in the budget has been reduced.

Ticonderoga Central School has 860 students.

Voters will also elect three members to the board of education. Running are Fred LaVallie, John Lenhart, Jim Wells and Mary Meserve. LaVallie, Lenhart and Wells are incumbents.

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