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May 10, 2014

JV boys' sports back in budget

CHATEAUGAY — The proposed 2014-15 budget at Chateaugay Central School carries a tax increase of 3.54 percent.

And it includes reinstatement of the boys’ fall junior-varsity teams and added time for a technology technician in the district.

The overall proposed budget is $12,420,205, an increase of 6 percent.

The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,899,245, which is up about $98,000 from this year, or 3.54 percent.

BUDGET TIMELINE

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the school’s auditorium.

The budget vote is set for 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the auditorium.

COSTS EXPLAINED

In a joint statement in the newsletter sent to district residents, School Board President Susan Jones-King and Superintendent Loretta Fowler said it will cost an additional $400,000 for programs for special-education students, but that expense will be reimbursed next year.

And a line item for equipment, which is going up more than $107,000, includes the $89,000 purchase of a bus and a van using fund balance rather than offering the proposal as a separate proposition to voters.

TECHNOLOGY

In an agreement with the Northeast Regional Information Center, Chateaugay will buy into a plan that will bring technology support staff to the school five days a week instead of four.

“With our ever-increasing use of technology by both staff and students, having technical support is more important than ever,” the newsletter states.

SCHOOL BOARD

In addition to the budget proposition, voters will also be asked to choose two School Board members.

Incumbents William Harrigan and David Roach are the only two declared candidates for the three-year seats.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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