North Colonie school district presents budget

According to Ehrenberg, the reason the district has not moved forward with a one-tier tax rate before is that officials originally thought the town would have needed to be involved, which it does not.

Last year's budget passed at $88.5 million, representing a 3.76 percent tax levy increase. More than 2,300 voters came out to support the district's budget in May.

Ehrenberg said that North Colonie is "not going to have cuts to the magnitude of other districts," and that the only personnel cuts will be made through attrition, by not filling the positions left vacant when someone retires or leaves the district. Ehrenberg said this is possible because of the strong "fiscal management" the district has practiced for the past 30 years.

Ehrenberg also said there will be no new programs brought into the district this year, and that the only foreseeable thing being curtailed will be athletic contests, and that is primarily due to other districts canceling tournaments and games to cut spending.

Ehrenberg said the district still plans to move forward with replacing playground equipment, and that several projects in the district that are continuing to move forward were made possible through federal money the district received for annexing the Maplewood School District in July.

Hart said it should be no surprise to the taxpayers that the district is not facing some of the extreme cuts other districts are facing.

"The taxpayers know we've always been fiscally responsible," she said.

Hart also said she is pleased at the successful annexation and how it has helped the district remain in a fiscally sound position.

The Board of Education will be hosting several budget committee meetings in the month of March: Thursday, March 11; Monday, March 16; and Thursday, March 18. All of the meetings will be held at the Shaker High School Counseling Center at 7:30 p.m.""

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