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Schroon Lake school budget meets tax cap

Teaching positions restored in proposed plan

Schroon Lake Central School students Daniel Maisonville, Nathan Wilson, JJ Kowalka and Lucas Wilson complete a physics experiment.

Schroon Lake Central School students Daniel Maisonville, Nathan Wilson, JJ Kowalka and Lucas Wilson complete a physics experiment.

Schroon Lake Central School’s proposed 2013-14 budget meets the state-mandated tax cap while restoring teaching positions cut a year ago.

The proposed spending plan totals $7,400,244. That’s an increase of $156,930 — 2.17 percent — from the current budget of $7,243,314.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the proposed budget is $6,165,681. That’s a $128,479 increase — 2.13 percent — from the present tax levy of $6,037,202. The 2.13 percent increase less than the 2.97 percent allowed by the state tax cap.

Voters will have their say on the proposed 2013-14 budget Tuesday, May 21, noon to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium lobby.

The proposed budget restores six teaching positions that were reduced to part-time a year ago.

“The positions have been increased to afford additional learning opportunities and academic support to students,” the school board said in a prepared statement.

Helping the 2013-14 budget plan is a $172,037 increase in state aid and employee health insurance savings created by changing programs.

“A last minute state aid increase helped reinstate funds for programs for students with disabilities and athletic programs,” according to the board statement. “Professional development funds and BOCES career and tech education program funds were also increased.

“The district is working closely with North Country Community College to increase the number of dual credit college courses available to Schroon Lake students,” the statement reads. “The district continues to examine opportunities fro shared services with other school districts.”

Residents will also be asked to vote on a separate proposition to purchase a 35-passenger bus at a cost not to exceed $73,800.

The school board believes the actual cost of the new bus will be about $44,800 with a trade-in and the new bus will save money in maintenance and insurance costs.

Voters will also elect a board of education member. Running for the five-year term are incumbent Tina Armstrong and Bruce Murdock, a former board member.

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