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Education

May 9, 2014

Slight increase in school budget

CROWN POINT — The proposed Crown Point Central School budget comes in at the district’s tax cap.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the new budget is a 1.36 percent increase, at $1.56 million, which is the adjusted state tax-cap limit for Crown Point.

The tax levy is only $20,964 more than this year’s $1.54 million.

The budget totals $6.38 million, up from $6.2 million last time.

The tentative tax rate would be $11.18 per $1,000 of assessment, up from $11.06 last year.

UPGRADES

“We’ve maintained student programs, activities, staff and sports,” Superintendent Shari Brannock said. “There are some technology and security upgrades in the budget.”

The budget includes 2-to-3.5-percent pay increases for teachers, support staff and administrators.

State aid for Crown Point increased $76,355, coming in at $4.13 million for 2014-15.

SHARED SERVICES

“We have shared services in transportation with Moriah and Ticonderoga,” Brannock said, to take students to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ticonderoga and Champlain Valley Technical Education Center in Mineville.

They are looking at more shared services for next year, she said.

RISING COSTS

The budget includes some increases for instructional materials and supplies, the superintendent said, as part of the transition to the state’s new Common Core testing.

“There might be 20 books needed (for Common Core), but we have only three. We’re hoping to have grant funding for some of those (materials).”

Brannock said their special-education costs decreased for next year, but fuel and electric charges went up.

The budget also includes support for Hammond Library of Crown Point, a $3,000 increase to $40,000.

SUPPORT

The community has been very supportive of the school’s needs in the past, she said.

“Our history of having support for our budget has been 100 percent since the 1990s. We hope that continues.”

Brannock said the budget process was detailed enough to allow them to look closely at spending and revenues and “present a well-planned and responsible budget to our taxpayers in support of the education of our students.”

Crown Point Central has 281 students this year and is expected to be about the same for 2014-15, Brannock said.

“We’re pretty stable in student enrollment.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

BUDGET TIMELINE

The Crown Point Central School budget public information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the school library.

The election and budget vote is noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 (noon-1:30 p.m., foyer; and 1:30-8 p.m., cafeteria).

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