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May 4, 2014

Budget expands offerings for BCSD students



Eliminated by the proposal are one bus-driver position, one support-staff member and a 0.4 teaching position, all through attrition.

By consolidating a bus route and reorganizing special services at the elementary level, the district is able to do without the driver and partial teaching position, Mannix told the Press-Republican.

While the plan calls for the allocation of $1.2 million in fund balance, or undesignated reserves, the district has budgeted $150,000 to be placed in designated reserves.


On Tuesday, May 20, district residents will also be asked to weigh in on a proposition to purchase three 65-passenger buses, one 45-passenger bus with a wheelchair station and one 12-passenger van for the school, at a total cost not to exceed $472,500.

The purchases would be offset by the trade, auction or sale of five buses and be eligible for reimbursement by the state at a rate of about 72.4 percent.

BCSD has also included $150,000 in its 2014-15 spending proposal to be used toward the new buses, Mannix said.

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Beekmantown Central School will hold a public hearing on its 2014-15 budget proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Middle/High School auditorium.

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