Residents in the Scotia-Glenville school district voted to pass the $47.3 million school budget and a $295,000 school bus proposition on Tuesday, May 18.
The budget results in a 3.12 percent increase in the tax levy, with a home assessed at $160,000 paying $3,276 in taxes, an increase of $99 from the current year, according to information from the district. In response to a loss of $2.3 million in state aid, the board worked to create a budget that included $2 million in spending reductions an the use of $2.2 million in fund balance to offset the loss in state aid. Budget reductions included a 25 percent reduction to all supply and equipment budget lines, reduction of general education summer school, reductions of elementary school field trips and the reduction of 19.7 full-time employment positions. The bus proposition will replace three buses bought in 1998.
The budget passed 1,404-to-1,010, while the bus purchase was approved by a vote of 1,487-to-917.
I read in the newspaper about the candidates, and I wanted to use my experience this year from that to get some change, said Tim Snapp of Glenville.
Scotia-Glenville Superintendent Susan Swartz said she is grateful to the community for coming out in support of the budget.
"I'm happy knowing that we can continue to provide quality programs and services for our children," said Swartz. "Given that we are not entirely out of the recession [and] people are being pulled in a number of ways " for them to come out and support the district speaks to our community and the people in the school district."
Candidates Colleen Benedetto and Andrew Crapo were elected to the two board of education seats with three-year terms while Leslie Smith was elected to the board of education seat with a one-year term.
"I'm delighted to have been elected to the school board," said Crapo. "I have a lot to learn and look forward to trying to make a difference with the challenges ahead."
The board of education will meet again on Monday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Sacandaga School in Scotia. The board will meet July 12 at 7 p.m. at the district office to reorganize for the coming school year.