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April 28, 2013

AVCS budget maintains programs and staff

CLINTONVILLE — AuSable Valley Central School Board recently adopted a $29,677,914 budget for 2013-14.

“We were able to maintain our programming and staffing levels, which was our goal,” AVCS Superintendent Paul Savage told the Press-Republican. 

The district was able to do so while still coming in under its calculated tax-levy limit of 4.44 percent, he noted. 

The proposed spending plan calls for an actual levy increase of 3.8 percent. 

The school also plans to allocate $375,000 in reserves to the budget and predicts having $611,000 in remaining fund balance at the end of the 2013-14 year. 

STATE AID UP

AVCS will receive $815,544 more state aid next school year than it did in 2012-13, which, Savage said, is helpful to the district.

“We were happy that the legislators were able to add additional money for schools,” he said. 

Still, the superintendent noted, the district has faced the loss of more than $5 million in state aid over the last four years. 

“We do our best with limited resources to build a budget that maintains our programs where we feel they need to be at and still understand the concerns of the community,” Savage said. 

Over the last several years, he added, AVCS has made reductions in staff, but they are confident that personnel is at an appropriate level.  

ENERGY SAVINGS

Savage noted that the district has benefited financially from its biomass boiler plants, located at AuSable Middle/High and Keeseville Elementary schools.

The boilers, which were implemented in 2012 as part of the school’s EXCEL capital project, generate heat by burning wood chips instead of oil. 

They have saved the district $120,000 annually in fuel costs, according to the superintendent. 

“We’re realizing tremendous savings from our wood-chip burner plant,” he said. 

BUDGET HEARING

AuSable Valley Central will hold its public budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Middle/High School auditorium. 

The district’s spending plan will go up for public vote on Tuesday, May 21.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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