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N. Colonie holds third budget forum

At the time, according to the presentation, Maplewood was facing increasing financial troubles along with a drop in enrollment. Corr said that the annexation would provide better educational opportunities for students and would bring in more state aid.

North Colonie was set to receive $30 million in Annexation Initiative Aid and would see an increase of 48 percent to 68 percent in State Aid for New York State Department of Education approved building projects.

Also experienced through the annexation was the tax rate per $1,000 was cut by a third for those living in the Maplewood community.

The district maintains that it provided a better learning experience as well from combining the staff from Maplewood with the staff from North Colonie.

A cost analysis was completed on November 17, through Questar revealed that if the district was to implement a full day kindergarten program; they would receive $2,412 for each student increase over the previous year. They could also see cost savings of $376,476 from three positions left vacant and $298,575 could be acquired through possible lease agreements.

Corr said a lot must be looked at when considering cost savings, and the closure of Maplewood has been a topic that has come up previously in the community and during budget discussions.

"I think what we have to do in these difficult budget times is to look at lots of different options for cost savings," Corr said. "The Maplewood families feel very attached to their school and it is a part of their community. They're reluctant to at it as an option for cost savings and would for us to consider other options.""

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