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Sch'dy County schools vote round up

All of the four school districts The Spotlight covers had its proposed 2011-12 budget passed. Also, the three schools proposing bus purchases were passed too. For a more detailed break down and board of election results for each district look for your community below.

Mohonasen

Mohonasen Central School District taxpayers approved the district's $42.9 million 2011-12 budget by 1,272 to 781. The budget will increase the tax levy by 2.5 percent and it carries a 0.43 percent spending increase, or $184,391, over the current year.

I want to thank everyone who came out and voted today. This budget represents a real collaborative effort by the members of our community, said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Spring in a statement. "These are difficult economic times, but because of the participation we received from our residents at our budget forums and the concessions on the part of our teachers, support staff, supervisors and administrators, we were able to develop a budget that preserves our programs for our students. I look forward to continuing this joint effort as we navigate future challenges. We are fortunate to live in a community where people recognize the value of their schools."

District officials had looked at cutting nearly 59 full-time equivalent positions district-wide to reach a zero percent tax levy increase, but the approved budget includes 34.5 FTE position cuts; of those passed cuts are 19 teachers, four teaching assistants, nine support staff and 2.5 administration positions.

The district's four bargaining units all agreed to a partial pay freeze and other concessions, which saved $525,000. This agreement allowed approximately eight positions set for elimination to be restored.

Mohonasen voters also approved a $370,000 proposition to purchase three full-size 66-passenger buses and one Suburban, with 1175 voting in favor and 870 voting against it.

Two candidates were also elected to vacant seats on the Mohonasen Board of Education, which includes Nancy del Prado, with 1532 votes, and Mark Moran, with 1582 votes.

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