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Schalmont decides not to increase tax levy

Class sizes will stay consistent when elementary students converge at Jefferson Elementary School next year, said Kelsey. Elementary students from all three buildings will be able to get together before the new school year begins so they can become acquainted with one another and make friends before starting the school year. The district is working with parents and school officials on a transition process.

The fiscal planning isn't done though, as the district will try to position itself for future budgets.

"We are very pleased we are looking at no increase in the tax levy," said Kelsey. "Like most districts, it is not just next year, it is the year after, and we are starting to look at that to look at cost saving measures."

Kelsey also has approached all three district bargaining units to consider pay freezes for the 2012-13 school year to help achieve additional cost savings.

District taxpayers vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 17, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the foyer of the high school's new gym.""

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