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March 30, 2013

NCCS proposes cuts, still faces deficit

CHAMPLAIN — Northeastern Central School continues to face a budget deficit for 2013-14 despite a number of proposed cuts.

The district's initial $1.2 million gap has been partially bridged by nearly $500,000 in recommended reductions and $290,000 more state aid than was originally allocated in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 executive budget proposal.

However, a nearly $400,000 deficit remains, according to NCCS Interim Superintendent Gerald Blair.

"We're going to lose some people in this budget," Blair told attendees at a recent School Board meeting. "We're going to have some people move from their comfort zone to another area of work, (and) we're going to be asking people to do more with less."

FURLOUGH DAYS

The district's proposed reductions include the elimination of two kindergarten teaching assistants, two to four bus monitors and two part-time clerical positions. Hours will be reduced for a Middle High School nurse by 40 percent, a maintenance person by 20 percent and a school psychologist by 40 percent.

A full-time foreign-language teaching position, Middle School English teaching job and custodian would also be eliminated through attrition, and nine Middle High School teachers would teach one less class period per day, resulting in fewer sections of technology, home-economics, art, business, music, English, math, social studies and science courses.

In addition, all district principals and assistant principals would be required to take four to five furlough days a year, and the superintendent would take 40 days off without pay next school year.

Furlough days would also be mandated for the director of special education, business manager, account clerk typist, district treasurer and supervisor of buildings and grounds, as well as guidance counselors and school psychologists.

PAY FREEZE REQUEST

Blair has proposed cutting $20,000 from the athletics program, which, he said, would leave all sports intact but would eliminate funding for extras, such as team banners, transportation to tournaments and possibly transportation home from winter games.

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