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Ticonderoga area school budgets approved by voters

Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Moriah, Crown Point, Putnam plans pass

Residents approved area school district budgets for 2012-13 during voting May 15. All the area budget plans meet the new state tax cap.

Residents approved area school district budgets for 2012-13 during voting May 15. All the area budget plans meet the new state tax cap. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Voters also elected three members to the board of education. Incumbents Fred LaVallie, 609 votes, John Lenhart, 583, and Jim Wells, 631, were re-elected. Mary Meserve received 486 votes.

Schroon Lake

Schroon Lake voters approved the district’s 2012-13 budget, 373-245.

The 2012-13 budget totals $7,243,314.00. That’s $159,065 less than the present budget.

Taxes in 2012-13 will increase 2.97 percent. That meets Schroon Lake’s tax cap of 2.99 percent.

To help the district stay under the tax cap the Schroon Lake Teachers Association agreed to forego its contractual 2 percent pay increase next year and all district employees switched insurance plans, a move that should save the district insurance premium costs over time.

The staffing reductions included in the 2012-2013 school budget are primarily due to decreased student enrollment, according to Superintendent Bonnie Finnerty. A new master teaching schedule no longer has students in grades 7-9 separating into two sections. This realignment helps keep program offerings intact while maintaining class sizes.

A proposition to purchased two 30-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $88,500 passed, 372-247.

Incumbent John Armstrong received 278 votes to win a five-year term on the school board. Dana Shaughnessy got 214 votes to claim an unexpired four-year team.

Bruce Murdock got 207 votes, Donald Miller 127, Richrad Kuzmiak 122, Chris Savarie 180, Marty Welch 2 and Pat Savarie 1.

Moriah

Moriah voters approved the district’s 2012-13 budget, 277-83.

The 2012-13 budget totals $15,170,738. That’s 9.49 percent more than the current budget of $13,856,410.

Superintendent Bill Larrow is quick to point out almost all of the budget increase is because of a building project that is entirely paid by the state. That increase will not be paid by local taxpayers.

The 2012-13 tax levy is $3,692,813. That’s a 1.95 percent increase from the current tax levy of $3,622,121.

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