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BH-BL school district adopts $53.4M budget

District officials cautioned that a contingency budget would jeopardize the careful planning that has been done over the past months.

"That's where it makes it harder to pass next year's budget," said Board Member Timothy Kelliher.

The budget anticipates that state aid will remain at levels seen in the 2008-2009 school year. It had previously been proposed that BH-BL would lose $1.6 million in state aid, but federal stimulus funds are expected to offset that gap.

Voters will also vote yes or no in May on a proposition to purchase four school buses at a cost not to exceed $350,000. The district's fleet of more than 60 buses is replaced on a rotating basis to avoid large one-time costs to taxpayers.

Three Board of Education seats will be up for election, as well. Board members Elizabeth Herkenham and Patre Kuziak will be seeking reelection, while Michael Wolf has elected to leave the board after serving two terms.

He said that increased responsibilities at his work, State Farm Insurance in Malta, resulted in his decision, though he said he would like to serve on ad hoc committees in the future.

Five individuals have picked up petitions to run for the board seats, said district officials, including Herkenham and Kuziak. The deadline for completed petitions is Monday, April 20, 5 p.m.""

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