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Tupper Lake school budget to restore several positions

The Tupper Lake School Board meets Monday, May 7 at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School.

The Tupper Lake School Board meets Monday, May 7 at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “This, with one position, creates an ability to bring everybody back in their strongest certified areas, so it’s kind of a win-win altogether and a major impact,” McGowan said. “I would say without question, all of these have really a districtwide impact.”

The added positions will cost the district a net amount of $60,346, after taking into consideration the savings from retiring teachers, the cost of replacing them, and the cost of the board’s “priority” additions.

Board President Mike Dechene said he believes board members are happy with the budget.

“I would like to urge the community to come out and vote and support the budget that we put forth,” Dechene said. “I believe I speak for the board that it’s a good budget ... Tupper’s always been supportive of education, and that’s a good thing. I believe if you have to invest money in anything, it might as well be in the education of the students that are someday going to run our town, I hope.”

The proposed 2012-13 budget totals $16,009,997, up 0.10 percent ($16,127) from the current budget of $15,993,850.

The tax levy increase is $239,534, or 3.39 percent. That comes in under the state’s mandated tax levy increase of 3.42 percent ($242,125).

McGowan said tax rates won’t be available until the town’s final assessment roll is filed at the county this summer.

Also on the ballot, the district will be asking voters to approve Proposition 1: the purchase of a 66-passenger bus, a 14-passenger bus and a dump truck at a cost of $206,000.

Four people are running for two seats on the School Board: Patricia Anrig, Paul Ellis, Fred LaMere Jr. and incumbent Jane Whitmore.

Voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the middle/high school.

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