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May 16, 2007

All school budgets approved

North Country voters pass all spending plans

PLATTSBURGH -- Voters approved all public-school budgets in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties Tuesday night.

This year's state budget meant more aid than usual for most local public schools, though, many said, still not enough to keep up with cost increases in areas such as special education, health insurance, energy and retirement systems.

As a result, the burden to fund public education continues to fall more and more on the shoulders of taxpayers.

Some districts, such as Plattsburgh City Schools, didn't enjoy the same aid increase as others in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. School officials there worry about what the future holds as far as state funding and plan to plead their case with lawmakers.

The state, meanwhile, continues to grapple with a court order to overhaul the way public education in New York is funded.

Here's the vote results from local districts:

AUSABLE VALLEY

2007-08 budget: approved 380 to 135.

School Board candidates (three seats): Scott Bombard 391 votes; Anthony Deyoe, 326 votes; and David Whitford, 340 votes.

BEEKMANTOWN

2007-08 budget: approved 572 to 388.

School Board candidates (two seats): Stanley Kourofsky, with 491 votes, and Earl Burnell, with 656, were elected to the School Board. David S. Witkowski received 404 votes and Christopher Waterbury, 384.

Propositions: Purchase four buses at a cost not to exceed $360,282, approved 640 to 306.

BOLTON

2007-08 budget: approved 197 to 137.

Proposition: Purchase a bus, approved 225 to 108.

Proposition: Excel capital-improvement project, approved 187 to 139.

School Board candidates (two seats): Linda Bennette, 233 votes; and Claire Kingsley, 206 votes.

BRUSHTON-MOIRA

2007-08 budget: approved 218 to 89.

School Board candidates (two seats): David Dufrane, with 200 votes, and Stephen Perry, with 199 votes, were elected to the School Board. Robert Devins received 152 votes.

Propositions: Purchase two 66-passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $175,700, approved 208 to 85.

Reduce the term of School Board members from five to three years, beginning in the 2008-09 school year, approved 240 to 46.

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