May 8, 2014

Schroon Lake Central stays within tax cap

SCHROON LAKE — Schroon Lake Central School’s 1.01 percent tax-levy increase in its proposed budget is at the state tax-cap limit for the district.

The tax levy will rise to $6.1 million from $6.08 million if voters OK the spending plan on May 20.

The budget totals $7.5 million, a 2.2 percent increase from this year’s $7.4 million.

It has no changes in staffing levels, Superintendent Bonnie Finnerty said.

“We are very fortunate to be able to offer all existing academic and extracurricular programs for students for 2014-15,” she said by email. 

“Our district is not in a position of reducing staff or programs. The budget for ‘14-’15 actually reflects expanded services in the areas of special education/related services, career and technical education, and an increase in the number of college-level courses offered as compared to this current year.”

Schroon Lake will offer 12 college courses, totaling 31 potential college credits, for students.

The budget includes additional career and technical-education funding for students.

Finnerty said 90 percent of the class of 2013 earned college credits.


The district will use $380,000 of its fund balance to lower the tax levy and meet the state cap.

Finnerty said she believes Schroon Lake is one of the best schools in the area.

“Earlier this spring, our faculty participated in a professional development activity to identify 20 Great Reasons to be Proud of Schroon Lake Central School. Personally, I think they are right on.”

The reasons include a caring staff, high community involvement, small class sizes, a beautiful campus and a school garden that will be starting soon, she said.


Finnerty has submitted her resignation, effective Aug. 1, and the School Board has started a search for anew superintendent.

“I have resigned my position as superintendent for personal medical reasons,” she said by email. “I have found my experience at Schroon Lake to be both personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding. 

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