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S-G adopts $47.8M budget within tax cap

State aid increase restores librarian position, union concessions pending

— High school Assistant Principal Robert Cosmer will become middle school principal. Former middle school Principal Shari Keller retired in December.

The proposed budget reduces the number of district administrators to 16. There were 20 administrators at the district two year ago.

The two newest state mandates, including the Dignity for All Students Act and teacher evaluations, will cost the district $89,000 next school year, said Hanlon, and place further stress on the shrinking administrative staff.

“School districts only get their money from two different sources — property taxes or state aid. Schools are going to be dependent on those two sources, but unfortunately those are going to hit people in the pocketbook,” Hanlon said.

The community will vote on the proposed budget along with candidates for two Board of Education seats on Tuesday, May 15, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school’s old gymnasium. A formal public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the middle school cafeteria.

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