Bethlehem Board of Education gets started with new year

She volunteers as a financial secretary for her church and has served on its governing session. Allendorph previously served as treasurer and board member of the S.I.D.S. Alliance in the late 1990s.

Holding a bachelor's degree in business management from Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) in Plymouth, N.H., she moved to New York after living and working in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

Allendorph is the finance manager for Prevent Child Abuse New York, a private not-for-profit group in Albany.

The school's budget of $87.56 million was passed in May by 2,410 votes to 1,215, or 66.8 percent of those who voted. There was also a bus proposition that was passed in May by a vote of 2,109 to 1,492, or 58.6 percent.

The new budget constitutes a $2.8 million or 3.29 percent spending increase over last year's and offers a 2 percent tax levy increase. There will be a 1.76 percent tax rate increase.

This means an owner of a $200,000 home in Bethlehem would see an increase of $64 in their school taxes before any STAR benefit reductions were applied.

The owner of a similar $200,000 home in New Scotland would see an increase of $66 this year.

The new school year also means the beginning of a newly negotiated teacher's contract that will be in effect until 2012 and the elimination of night games for the athletic department."

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