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UPDATED: Voorheesville voters approve school budget

Bus and reserve fund propositions pass; uncontested board incumbents

— The school board cut around $316,000 from the budget, while largely avoiding classroom instruction. Some additional savings were also attainted through restructuring, such as cutting natural gas costs by $33,000 due to joining a larger consortium and streamlining services contracts.

Some reductions include eliminating one bus route and cutting field trips by 50 percent for $24,5000 in savings; reducing clerical work time by one month for a $19,000 savings; eliminating four repeatedly inactive clubs; reducing humanities funding for speakers, supplies and stipends; and reducing equipment purchases by $41,500.

One reduction potentially reaching the classroom is cutting funds allocated for substitutes by $37,000. District officials said approximately $90,000 is budgeted for substitutes next school year.

The cut was made to avoid directly impacting employees, Board President Timothy Blow said. Instead of calling a substitute, Blow said classes could be covered by a study hall with classroom work to complete, or a test could be given.

Voters approved purchasing two 60-passenger buses by a margin of 471 votes to 326 votes. Voters approved transferring up to $250,000 from unallocated fund balance to the district’s repair reserve by a vote of 511 to 275.

Two uncontested incumbents were reelected for four-year terms on the school board: C. James Coffin (527 votes) and Cheryl L. Dozier (545 votes). Coffin has severed on the board since 1986 and this will be Dozier’s second term.

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