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March 31, 2013

NCCS proposes cuts, still faces deficit

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If the school’s first proposed budget is voted down, whether it be above or within the tax-levy limit, the district would have one more chance to pass a spending plan before being forced to go to a contingency budget with zero increase in the tax levy.

“If the budget doesn’t pass, the School District that you know here will definitely not be normal,” Blair said.

NCCS, he added, is exploring long-term cost-saving options, including sharing services with a neighboring district and switching employee health-care coverage from Plan A to Plan B.

“There’s no stone that we’re not turning over,” Blair said.

In addition, the district is hoping to recruit tuition-paying students from Vermont and Canada.

“We’re trying to the lower costs, (and) we’re trying to bring people in,” Blair said.

The School Board is expected to finalize its 2013-14 spending plan at its next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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