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April 15, 2013

Ti School budget will cut jobs, sports

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McDonald said the School Board seems to be leaning toward using either the second or third scenarios but will discuss it further at the last budget session, to be held at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Hague Community Center. That is open to the public.

NO ATTRITION

The job eliminations in the three scenarios would probably have to come from layoffs, he said, not retirements or attrition.

“We’d have to figure out where (in departments) they’d come from.”

The $322,000 in cuts already made include not replacing a retiring librarian, eliminating the choral director and summer custodians and making cost-saving adjustments to insurance and Teacher Retirement System payments.

Health insurance is up 4 percent, about $150,000, under BOCES Plan A, McDonald said, with no increase under Plan B. Only district retirees are under Plan A.

State aid is slated to go up 3.7 percent, for an additional $240,000, for 2013-14.

NO MORE CONCESSIONS

No teacher concessions are being requested, McDonald said, because teachers and staff have made concessions for the last three years.

“We may be the only district with three consecutive years of concessions.”

He said the budget gives teachers 2.8 percent raises and a return to the previous pay scale for 2013-14. There were temporary pay reductions over the three years.

BUDGET TIMELINE

The 2013-14 budget totals about $18.6 million, up from $17.8 million last year, with a tax levy of $10.7 million, a 3.78 percent increase.

Adoption of the budget and the first public hearing is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Ticonderoga High School cafeteria.

The second budget hearing is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School auditorium.

The school election and budget vote is from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Hague Community Center and Ticonderoga High School lobby.

McDonald said the district is encouraging everyone to come to the next meetings.

“We need to get some public input,” he said.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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