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April 18, 2014

NCCS budget retains programs

School: Board makes no cuts for 2014-15

CHAMPLAIN — Northeastern Clinton Central School’s proposed 2014-15 budget maintains all current programming.

The $27,657,517 spending plan, recently approved by the School Board, marks an increase of about $598,208 over the current year’s plan.

If approved by district voters next month, the budget would actually result in a slight decrease in the tax levy, as it proposes staying within the district’s 2014-15 state limit of minus .23 percent.

COSTS DOWN; AID UP

NCCS is able to maintain current programs despite both the levy decrease and increases in fixed costs, thanks in part to cost-saving measures taken by the board last year, according to Interim Superintendent A. Paul Scott.

The school eliminated nearly $900,000 in expenditures from its 2013-14 spending plan, which, he told the Press-Republican, changed the trajectory of the district’s financial outlook.

NCCS also anticipates a state-aid increase of $373,875 over the current year, which is $73,875 more than the school initially expected.

“We are grateful that the legislature and governor worked together to improve the state-aid picture,” Scott said.

RESTORING POSITIONS

The spending plan calls for some of the additional aid to be used to restore the Middle School nurse position to full time, in the interest of students’ health and safety. The position was reduced to about 60 percent in the 2013-14 budget.

Though the school’s assistant hockey and assistant tennis coaches were initially eliminated from the current year’s budget, the former was restored in fall 2013.

Scott said the board will likely evaluate whether the position of assistant tennis coach should also be restored this spring, but regardless, both positions are funded in the proposed 2014-15 plan for safety and supervision purposes.

EXTRA FUNDING

The budget also calls for $2,000 of previously reduced funding to be restored to both the Model U.N. program and the sixth-grade Outdoor Education Program.

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