Schalmont asking for 1.9 percent tax hike

Budget cuts $310,000, including eight full-time equivalent positions

— Administration at the middle and high school is reduced by 0.6 FTE through restructuring of duties.

Support staff holds the largest reduction at 5.63 FTE, which includes reducing library and teacher aides district wide by 3.25 FTE, high school security personnel reduced by one FTE, maintenance personnel by 0.2 FTE and reducing hall and bus monitors by 1.18 FTE.

Board member Robert Sheehan said surrounding school district have had to make more drastic cuts, but Schalmont officials have made an effort to remain fiscally sound.

“This is going to be a fairly good year budget-wise for Schalmont,” Sheehan said. “I really can’t turn around and say next year or the year after that is going to be any easier, not that this was easy, but we were able to get by. Next year and the year following and the year following that might be even much more difficult.”

The board gathered community feedback at Budget Advisory Committee meetings, surveys and through other means when developing the budget, too, said Beloncik.

“We are mindful of the economic challenges facing the community, thanks to their input, and are committed to keeping expenses in line with our educational priorities and the state’s standards,” Beloncik said in a prepared statement.

District residents will vote on the 2012-13 budget on Tuesday, May 15, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school’s new gym foyer. For more information on the budget and the upcoming vote, visit www.Schalmont.org.

Residents will also vote on a proposition to purchase three new 65-passenger buses, two new 32-passenger buses and chains to repair a full-size bus. The purchases wouldn’t impact next year’s budget proposal.

There are four Board of Education candidates running for election. Residents can learn more about the candidates during a “Meet the Candidate” night on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Schalmont Middle School LGI.

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