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Schalmont budget talks

With a school budget of $42.3 million, The Schalmont Board of Education hopes to adopt a 2010-11 budget that shows a zero percent change in budget from the previous year.

With the expectation that the district will see a loss of $1.5 million in state aid, the board of education and Schalmont Superintendent of Schools, Valerie Kelsey, have worked to create a budget with no year to year increase in spending.

The proposed budget includes proposed cuts at all levels of the district, including elementary summer school programs, the gifted and talented program, the DARE program and more than $25,000 in cuts to the athletic program, according to information from the district website.

The largest portion of cuts in the proposed budget include the elimination of 14 full time equivalent positions, which would impact nearly 21 employees in the district.

\We've made quite a bit of cuts but we've managed to maintain the integrity of school programs, said Kelsey.

The Schalmont Board of Education will meet again on Monday, April 12, for their second budget forum and to adopt the 2010-2011 budget at Jefferson Elementary School at 7 p.m. The school board will also hold an official budget hearing at the Schalmont Middle School on May 10. The official budget vote will be held on May 18 at the Schalmont High School Gym foyer. ""

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