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Willsboro CS holds the line with budget

Willsboro Central School.

Willsboro Central School. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Willsboro Central School will present a 2013-14 budget to district residents May 21 that looks a lot like the 2012-13 version.

“Other than a few changes, this is pretty much a rollover budget,” Willsboro Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. “This year’s budget maintains the continuation of our quality programs as we face increased standards and accountability for our students via the Common Core Curriculum. This is basically a status quo budget with the two areas that have increased the most being special education and employee retirement benefit costs.”

The Willsboro Central School Board of Education adopted a budget for vote that calls for $7,972,767, an increase of 0.9 percent over the 2012-13 spending plan. That will leave residents with a tax levy of $4,920,645, up $158,457 from 2012-13, an increase of 3.3 percent which is under the state tax levy cap threshold. It would call for an estimated tax rate of $10.98 per $1,000 assessed property value.

Broadwell said that cuts in the budget included the attrition loss of one teaching assistant and having decreased their instructional area through retirements last year that were not replaced this year.

“The district continues to look at all aspects of the budget and makes reductions each year, as appropriate, within each line item,” Broadwell said. “This year there were reductions in many areas including overall costs in administration and capital as well as in personnel costs. The district continues to face escalating costs in special education services and employee benefits although it has been proactive in the long range planning for legacy costs.”

The annual school budget vote will be held Tuesday, May 21.

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