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The Telegram
  • Public hearing scheduled on ODY school budget

  • A $5.5 million budget will go before Owen D. Young Central School district voters at the May 21 budget vote and school board election.

    Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium.

    A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in room No. 122 at the school.

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  • A $5.5 million budget will go before Owen D. Young Central School district voters at the May 21 budget vote and school board election.
    Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium.
    A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in room No. 122 at the school.
    In addition to voting on the $5,517,271 general fund appropriation budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year, voters will be asked for authorization to bond for two vehicles — a school bus and a school van — at a cost not to exceed $130,000. Plans call for purchasing a full-sized 66-passenger bus and a van to replace a bus which has more than 115,000 miles on it and the school van, which has more than 88,000 miles. Both vehicles are out of warrantee and would require extensive work by next spring. State transportation aid for the district is about 90 percent. The district would receive the aid beginning the following year for the next five years.
    There will also be a third proposition on the ballot authorizing the district to establish a Capital reserve fund for transportation vehicle purchases. The sum of $100,000 would be transferred from the district fund balance to this fund to reduce the amount of bonding needed for future purchases of new vehicles, according to the budget information available on the district's website. No additional taxes would be levied for this fund.
    Three candidates will be running for two seats on the school district board of education. Both carry three-year terms. Quendryth Marshall, Jordan Clements and incumbent board member Lawrence Snyder have filed to run for election. Cathy Mayton-Collins will not seek re-election.
    Lisa Wilber is running for a three-year term as a Jordanville Library trustee. The seat is currently held by Michelle Murdock.
    The proposed general fund budget shows an increase of $61,398, or 1.13 percent, over the $5,455,873 budget for the current school year. The budget carries a tax levy of $1,635,559, up 2.56 percent from $1,596,521 for the 2012 - 2013 fiscal year. A homeowner in the town of Stark whose house has a full value of $75,000 would pay an additional $4.50 per month under the STAR program, $3.46 per month under basic STAR and $2.36 per month for seniors with enhanced STAR.
    To balance the budget, the school district board of education decided to take the following steps:
    • Reduce one full-time teaching position to half-time.
    • Share the superintendent, business official and committee on special education chairman with BOCES.
    • Use $68,400 of the fund balance to offset tax increases.
    “The proposed spending plan reflects the district's best effort to meet students' educational needs in a fiscally responsible way,” according to a statement in the district's budget newsletter. “Under the proposed plan, current class sizes and educational program offerings will be maintained along with extra-curricular activities and interscholastic sports.”
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