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May 12, 2013

Ti School budget cuts positions

School's proposed budget reduces staff, hours

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

The vote will include a proposition to buy one school bus and lease two for a total of $93,800.

LOOKING AHEAD

McDonald said they believe the next school year will be a better one financially for the district.

“We do feel we’ll turn the corner next year. We feel like we’ll become healthy again, maybe restore some programs.”

He said the district will retire some of its debt service on previous building projects, and State Teacher Retirement System costs are expected to stabilize.

PREVIOUS CONCESSIONS

There were no concessions requested, McDonald said, because teachers and staff made concessions for the last three years.

“Our staff made more than $1 million in concessions over the last three years. State Education (Department) told us we are the only district with three consecutive years of concessions. I want to commend our staff for an unprecedented three years of concessions.”

He said the budget gives teachers contractual 2.8 percent raises and a return to the previously frozen pay scale for 2013-14, so the effective increase is about 9 percent.

Non-instructional staff and administrators are receiving 3 percent salary increases.

Administrative salaries had been frozen for the last three to five years, he said.

McDonald said he feels bad about the job cuts.

“There’s nobody on the list I don’t value. They’ve worked very hard for the kids.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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BUDGET TIMELINE

 The budget hearing is at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.

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