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Voorheesville schools facing $440k budget gap

Proposed cuts 
forthcoming, two bus purchases eyed for referendum

— Potential cuts are being targeted for staffing, professional development, supplies, equipment and athletics, but the district didn’t offer any specifics.

Possible reductions were expected to be presented during the Board of Education’s Monday, March 11, meeting. Additional cuts are expected to be presented at its Monday, March 25, meeting. Adoption of the 2013-14 Budget is scheduled for April 8.

District officials are also weighing whether to join into the governor’s proposed flat-rate employee contribution plan, at 12.5 percent for 25 years. The state Teachers’ Retirement System first needs to approve the measure though and school officials don’t expect it to be done before adopting next year’s budget.

If the district went with the proposal, its tax cap next year would be reduced to 2.58 percent.

“Like any state thing that has happened over the years, some things are half baked and then it comes out and is given to us and it is not even figured out,” Diefenbach said.

Diefenbach, along with other school officials, appeared hesitant to jump into the 25-year commitment, but resident Tricia Putnam urged the board to go for the reduced rate. The district currently has a contribution rate at 16.25 percent and would save around $300,00 under the proposal.

“I think I would be more apt to go for it,” Putnam said.

Snyder said the district is totally opposed to it, but is “suspicious” of it.

District officials are also proposing to present voters with two referendums alongside the budget in May, the first for purchasing two 60-passenger buses at $214,000 and another to transfer up to $250,000 from unallocated fund balances to the repair reserve.

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