Board adopts 2012-13 budget proposal to go before voters May 15
At its April 17 meeting, the Duanesburg Board of Education adopted a proposed spending plan for the 2012-13 school year. On Tuesday, May 15, voters will decide on a $14,196,703 school budget that carries a 2.86 percent tax levy increase, which is within New York State's new tax levy 'cap' legislation. The proposed budget represents a 0.89 percent or less than 1 percent spending increase over the current year's budget.
The proposed budget includes $402,365 in cuts and reductions. They are as follows:
Alternative Education Program: $125,000
NYSSBA dues: $5,400
Superintendent evaluation: $1,500
Success Maker Software program: $1,850
Science and Technology kits: $3,000
Odyssey of the Mind: $1,350
Liberty Partnership: $4,000
Close the Art Annex (green building on MS/HS campus): $4,500
5 p.m. late bus runs: $13,560
Two teacher aide positions: $26,400
One elementary teaching position: $82,915 (Through attrition)
One foreign language teaching position: $56,656
One part-time math teaching position: $21,640
Reduce one English teaching position (1 FTE to 0.6): $20,126
Reduce one technology teaching position (1 FTE to 0.6): $21,433
Reduce one part-time teaching position (0.4 FTE to 0.2): $11,035
Additionally, to lessen the number of cuts and reductions that would have been needed to fill the original $1.4 million budget gap, the board agreed to use $800,000 of the undesignated fund balance in next year's budget proposal.
Also on the ballot will be a proposition to purchase three buses and a suburban for $254,557--which is 74 percent aidable.
Voters will also be asked to select candidates for the three vacancies on the board of education. The candidates, who are running unopposed, are Tina Gamache, Henry "Dirk" Felton and Christina Loukides.
Residents will receive a newsletter in the mail with a complete overview and explanation of next year's proposed budget. The Public Budget Hearing is Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the HS MOCC. The school budget vote is Tuesday, May 15. Polls will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Elementary School Gym.