SCHROON LAKE — The 1.01 percent tax-levy increase in the new Schroon Lake Central School budget is at the state tax cap for the district.
The tax levy is $6.2 million, from $6.1 million last year, a 1.01 percent increase, the same as the adjusted state cap for the district.
The budget totals $7.73 million, from $7.56 million at present.
Staff is intact in the spending plan, just one position reduction due to a retirement.
“There are no staff cuts or additions for Schroon Lake this year,” District Clerk Lisa DeZalia said.
The budget includes contractual 2 percent increases for teaching staff and 3 percent raises for support staff.
Interim Superintendent James Polunci said the budget leaves all programs intact and even adds some without a cost increase.
The district is redesigning the school schedule to use the present faculty to expand course offerings.
Among the courses that will be added are creative writing, local history and driver’s education, plus new classes in English, social studies, science, art and music.
“We plan to add driver’s education back into the schedule using current staff," DeZalia said. "There will be no additional cost to the district.”
The district is adding one period to the school day for students in grades seven through 12 by shortening lunch periods to 30 minutes and taking a few minutes off each class to create a nine-period schedule.
Two propositions are on the ballot: to allocate $104,000 for a 65-passenger school bus and to move $300,000 from the unexpended fund balance into a special repair reserve account.
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