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The Telegram
  • Little Falls BOE adopts 2013-14 budget

  • Following several months of review and discussion, the Little Falls Board of Education adopted a $21,555,664 budget for the 2013-14 school year Wednesday with an increase in appropriations of 2 percent.



    The plan will go before school district voters next month.

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  • Following several months of review and discussion, the Little Falls Board of Education adopted a $21,555,664 budget for the 2013-14 school year Wednesday with an increase in appropriations of 2 percent.
    The plan will go before school district voters next month.
    In addition to meeting demands associated with higher pension and health insurance costs, the spending plan returns a high school English position that had been eliminated two years ago and provides funding for the addition of a second Resource Officer in the district. The budget also reduces the district’s dependence on reserves as part of a long-term strategy to improve the overall financial health of the school system following recent years of fiscal stress.
    Superintendent of Little Falls Schools Louis J. Patrei acknowledged the additional state aid the district anticipates will allow for improvements to the educational program while also enhancing the safety and security of students and staff. “The increased state support will directly impact the quality of education we can offer and also help us address concerns for student safety and well being,” he said.
    Little Falls School District Business Manager Clete McLaughlin added that for a residential property owner with a home valued at $75,000, and with basic STAR exemption, the estimated increase in the school tax bill would be $45.45, based on current assessment and equalization data.
    In other business, the board will proceed with plans to place a playground in Kinder Park, the grassy area in front of the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms that borders East Main Street across from the Holy Family Parish.
    Patrei said kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students would use the park.
    The district hopes to have the playground in place before the end of the current school year.
    During the meeting a moment of silence was observed in honor of Martin Welpe, a Little Falls High School Math teacher, who unexpectedly passed away last Sunday.
    Board President Scott Tooley said Welpe was a great teacher and an advocate for all his students. “Mr. Welpe will be sorely missed by the district, not only because he was a great math teacher but because he was a great man who was dedicated to his students. His passing is a tremendous loss for our school,” Tooley said.
    The next regular board meeting will be May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Benton Hall Academy Library.
    Special meetings include the annual school budget vote and election of Commissioners taking place on Tuesday, May 21, in the Middle School gymnasium between the hours of noon and 9 p.m.
    Other issues to be voted on are an increase in the Little Falls Library tax levy of 2 percent and the purchase of a 65-passenger school bus.
    A public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 school budget will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Benton Hall Academy auditorium.
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