Schroon Lake Schroon Lake Central School’s 2013-14 budget has been approved by voters.
Residents OKed the spending plan, 200-144, in balloting May 21.
The budget 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 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 is less than the 2.97 percent allowed by the state tax cap.
Helping the 2013-14 budget 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 a school 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 for shared services with other school districts.”
Voters also approved a separate proposition to purchase a 35-passenger bus at a cost not to exceed $73,800. The vote was 200-134.
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 also re-elected Tina Armstrong to the board of education. Armstrong received 169 votes to edge out former board member Bruce Murdock, who got 167 votes, for a five-year term.