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Keene Valley to put 1.68 tax levy before voters

Members of the Keene Central School Board of Education adopted a budget at its March 20 meeting.

Members of the Keene Central School Board of Education adopted a budget at its March 20 meeting. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Keene Central School residents will vote on the proposed school budget and a board member Tuesday, May 15.

Board member Kathy Regan will be running unopposed to serve a three-year term on the school board.

“I hope people come out and continue to choose me as their board member,” Regan said.

Regan is Natural Resource Planner for the State of New York and has two children in the school district. She has served as a board member for one term.

“I hope that by serving on the Board of Education I can assist the community with maintaining and improving the valuable resource we have in Keene Central School,” Regan wrote in her bio for the school budget packet.

The 2012-13 budget would raise the tax levy by the maximum allowable tax cap for the district at 1.68 percent. The total budget is $5,346,979.

The budget is a $116,828 increase over the adopted 2011-2012 budget and a increase in spending of 2.23 percent. The proposed budget is a $73,927 increase in taxes.

Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston said she hopes voters approve the budget the district has prepared.

“I think we’ve produced a budget that is as conservative as possible to continue to provide a quality education,” Johnston said.

The district was able to form the budget without making any reductions in staff or programs.

The district is currently in search of a new superintendent, as Johnston will retire after 16 years at Keene and over 30 years in education.

Town board member Bob Biesemeyer asked if the district would consider consolidating administration as a cost saving measure. Johnston said if the district were to merge with another district, there were a lot of things to consider. In the future, Johnston said the district plans on looking at those possibilities as a cost saving measure.

Voting will take place on May 15 from noon to 8 p.m. in the KCS Auditorium, 33 Market Street.

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