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May 13, 2014

St. Regis will save by not sharing superintendent

ST. REGIS FALLS — Taxes will go up 1 percent in the proposed 2014-15 budget at St. Regis Falls Central School.

And the school will no longer share its superintendent, Donna Andre, with Brushton-Moira Central School as part of next year’s strategy.

She will work full time in Brushton-Moira, rather than splitting her time between the two districts.

St. Regis Falls will contract with an interim superintendent until it can hire a new person.


The overall district budget in St. Regis Falls is $8,348,207, an increase of 7.57 percent from this year.

The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is up 1 percent to $2,665,166.

A public hearing is set for 6 tonight in the school auditorium.

The budget vote is from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the school library.


Andre explained budget changes in a newsletter to district voters, saying two elementary teaches are retiring and would be replaced by people making less, which will save money.

A teaching assistant for Academic Intervention Services and an occupational-therapy assistant for special-needs students will be added.

But the contract for a 20-percent French teacher through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be eliminated.

The district will add three distance-learning courses for students next year: Bio-Ethics and Sign Language I and II.


Andre said another way to realize savings is the School Board’s decision to pay off the rest of a 2005 tax-overcharge challenge made by Bay Pond taxpayers.

The remaining $290,000 Certiorari debt will be paid with fund balance, saving about $79,000 in interest, she said.

The board will also apply $105,920 from that same fund to lower taxes in 2014-15.


In addition to deciding on the annual financial plan, voters will be asked to select a School Board member to fill a five-year seat.

The candidates are Thomas O’Bryan and Stacey Mascia-Susice.


There is also a proposition on the ballot for purchase of an accessible, 60-passenger bus at a cost not to exceed $116,150.

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More information on the St. Regis Falls Central School budget is available on the district's website:

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