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Scotia-Glenville passes budget

Residents in the Scotia-Glenville School District voted Tuesday, May 20, to pass the district's $45.8 million budget. The budget passed with 1,160 votes in favor and 885 opposed.

A bus proposition also passed with a total of 1,116 votes.

The approved budget will increase spending by 2.9 percent. Taxes are estimated to increase by 3.35 percent. For the typical resident with property assessed at $160,000, taxes could rise by $104.67 per year or $8.72 per month before reductions from the state's STAR tax reduction program.

The budget includes a program for children with autism in kindergarten through second grade, which would take the place of sending the children to BOCES or other outside programs. It also adds more physical education time for children in first through third grade, and a second teacher for Opportunities and Programs for Advanced Learners, an elementary enrichment program.

In addition to academics, the budget increases funding for elementary clubs, modified sports teams, and a ninth-grade football team. The school will also see expanded computer course offerings at the high school and replacement of the high school computer labs.

Voters also elected school board members Pam Carbone with 1,497 votes, Ben Conlon with 1,412, and incumbent Brian McCann, who came in with the highest number of votes, totaling 1,526.

Voters will head back to the polls in the fall for a building proposition that will cover the schools' athletic fields and grounds."

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