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Crown Point school budget gets OK

Programs, staff remain in tact

Crown Point Central School District voters have approved a 2013-14 budget that mirrors the present spending plan. The budget, approved 97-10, maintains all existing programs and staff. There are no cuts.

Crown Point Central School District voters have approved a 2013-14 budget that mirrors the present spending plan. The budget, approved 97-10, maintains all existing programs and staff. There are no cuts. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Crown Point Central School District voters have approved a 2013-14 budget that mirrors the present spending plan.

The budget, approved 97-10, maintains all existing programs and staff. There are no cuts.

The 2013-14 budget totals $6,271,828. That’s a $136,140 increase — 2.22 percent — from the present budget of $6,135,688.

The tax levy for 2013-14 is $1,544,000. That’s a $28,645 increase — 1.89 percent — from the current $1,515,355 raised by taxes. It meets the state-mandated tax cap, which is 5.89 percent for Crown Point.

“The budget is very similar to last year,” Superintendent Shari Brannock said. “It maintains all our staff, programs, electives, sports and extracurricular activities.

“The proper balance of a stable environment and culture for our staff and students, with realistic requests for taxpayer support, is very important,” she said.

Crown Point Central School has 274 students kindergarten through 12th grade.

Brannock pointed out the budget is less than the 2009-10 spending plan. Much of the budget reduction in recent years is a result of staff retirements, which reduced both payroll and pension contributions.

Crown Point receives 64.3 percent of its budget from the state. There’s an additional $147,091 in state aid for 2013-14, but that’s still less than the 2009-10 academic year, Brannock said. At that time state aid comprised 73 percent of the budget.

The proposed budget includes 2-3 percent pay increases for all school employees.

Voters also elected three board of education members. Kathy Debrolander received 87 votes, Mitch St. Pierre 76 votes and Julieanne Budwick 71. They ran unopposed.

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