South Colonie adopts school budget

Also factored into the budget is a Basic STAR exemption savings of $440. STAR is a school tax relief program authorized by the Real Property Tax Law.

The budget was adopted at a school board meeting last Tuesday, April 22, where Brian Casey, vice president of the board, explained the lengthy process that lead to the budget being brought to the table.

"This was rather tedious, if you will," he said, "It wasn't easy."

Casey said he would like to see people going out in the community and voting to pass the budget that he and his colleagues on the board had worked so hard to put together. He also emphasized that the budget reflects the interests of the students who attend the school district and that, "We are in the kid business."

Marcelle said in the past 17 years that he has been superintendent a budget has never been turned down, and he believes voters will pass this year's adopted budget. He also said that an important part of the budget process is spreading awareness throughout the community about the budget that was put together by administrators in the district.

"Now we're going to go out and present it to anyone who wants it," he said, "We take nothing for granted. We want to make sure people are informed voters."

Marcelle said the board would be presenting the budget to parent-teacher association members this week, before presenting it to senior citizens at the Beltrone Living Center in upcoming weeks.

The budget is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday, May 20, in the gymnasiums of all of the elementary schools in the district.""

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