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  • School board candidates, budget breakdowns for Tuesday vote

  • On Tuesday, voters around the region will vote on their school districts’ proposed budgets for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Here are the highlights of those plans and school board candidates. For more information on poll hours and locations, contact your local board of education office.

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  • On Tuesday, voters around the region will vote on their school districts’ proposed budgets for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Here are the highlights of those plans and school board candidates. For more information on poll hours and locations, contact your local board of education office.
    Central Valley (Ilion-Mohawk)
    2012-13 combined school budgets: $42,062,610.
    2013-14 school budget of merged district: $44,125,000.
    Change in spending: 4.9 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 6.99 percent decrease.
    Major cuts: None.
    School board candidates: None, all were elected in March.
    Dolgeville
    2012-13 school budget: $18,178,004
    2013-14 school budget: $18,746,133
    Change in spending: 3.13 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 2 percent increase.
    Major cuts: None. The district will see savings from the retiring of 10 teachers; it will share its business administrator with West Canada Valley Central School District; reductions in positions include reducing the technology position to 0.4 with no benefits and possibly cutting additional positions; the savings will allow the hiring of one middle school teacher to address an increase in population; and will enter into an agreement with the Village of Dolgeville for a school resource officer coverage.
    School board candidates: Two seats both for five-year terms, David Clark (incumbent) and Karen Nagle (incumbent and current Board of Education president).
    Propositions:
    To provide resident preschool students who live within the district limits door-to-door transportation to and from their preschool program at the central building. An analysis of the transportation system indicated that the district could transport the preschool students without additional buses, runs, or drivers, so the impact on the budget is negligible.
    To allow a student, as established pursuant to law, to serve on the school board as an ex officio non-voting member.
    Frankfort-Schuyler
    2012-13 school budget: $17,369,455.
    2013-14 school budget: $17,657,244.
    Change in spending: 1.66 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 3.5 percent increase.
    Major cuts: Reduction of 2.6 teaching positions and one teacher assistant position.
    School board candidates: Two seats each with a five-year term, Dominick Bellino (incumbent), Jack Bono (incumbent) and Michael Clements.
    Herkimer
    2012-13 school budget: $20,151,875.
    2013-14 school budget: $20,736,480.
    Change in spending: 2.9 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 4 percent increase.
    Major cuts: Elimination of a secondary English teacher position, athletic director and a transportation position.
    School board candidates: three seats each with three-year terms, Robert Mihevc (incumbent), Daniel Voce and Carl Lohmann.
    Propositions:
    Purchasing of a 66-passenger bus and a wheelchair accessible bus at a total estimated cost of $170,000.
    Establishing the Frank J. Basloe Public Library as a school district library with five library trustees to be elected by the voters of the school district for terms of up to five years. Authorizing $270,930 to annually support and maintain the library, apart from the school district budget.
    Page 2 of 3 - Little Falls
    2012-13 school budget: $21,124,924
    2013-14 school budget: $21,555,664
    Change in spending: 2 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 3.85 percent increase.
    Major cuts: None. Includes the return of a high school English position that was eliminated two years ago and provides funding for the addition of a second, full-time resource officer in the district.
    School board candidates: Three seats with three year terms, William Dodge (incumbent), Daniel Casler (incumbent) and Alan Yallowitz.
    Propositions:
    The purchase of a 65-passenger bus at a cost not to exceed $135,000 to be paid for by the district through a five-year Statutory Installment Bond.
    A 2 percent Real Property Tax Levy increase by the Little Falls Public Library from the current amount of $80,500 to $82,110.
    Mount Markham
    2012-13 school budget: $24,721,475
    2013-14 school budget: $25,007,404
    Change in spending: 1.16 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 1.98 percent increase.
    Major cuts: none.
    Fund balance: The district allocated $1,630,850 for the 2012-13 school year, and is proposing the allocation of $1,663,454 for the 2013-14 school year. The district will have an estimated $1,000,500 in fund balance by the end of the current school year.
    Owen D. Young
    2012-13 school budget: $5,455,873.
    2013-14 school budget: $5,517,271.
    Change in spending: 1.13 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 2.56 percent increase.
    Major cuts: Reduction of a part-time teaching position and the following positions will be shared through BOCES: superintendent, business official and Committee on Special Education chairperson.
    School board candidates: two seats both with three-year terms, Quendryth Marshall, Jordan Clements, and Lawrence Snyder (incumbent).
    Propositions:
    Purchase of two school buses not to exceed $130,000.
    Creation of a school bus reserve fund not to exceed $100,000.
    Poland
    2012-13 school budget: $13,200,388.
    2013-14 school budget: $13,671,995.
    Change in spending: 3.57 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 2.99 percent increase.
    Major cuts: No major cuts; retirements that occur before the end of the school year will be reviewed and could result in staffing reductions.
    School board candidates: Two seats both with five-year terms, Melissa Allen (incumbent) and Eric Tabor.
    Richfield Springs
    2012-13 school budget: $11,071,750
    2013-14 school budget: $11,521,410
    Change in spending: 4.06 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 1.9 percent increase.
    Major cuts: Elimination of one full-time cleaner position.
    School board candidates: two seats both with three-year terms, Tom Shypski (incumbent) and James Diliberto.
    Propositions: Authorizing the Board of Education to expend the sum of $6,000 to the Public Library for its operation and to levy the necessary tax. This will allow the public library to maintain its community service.
    Page 3 of 3 - Webb Union Free
    2012-13 school budget: $7,572,695
    2013-14 school budget: $7,918,132
    Change in spending: 4.56 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 4.53 percent increase.
    Major cuts: None.
    School board candidates: One seat with a five-year term, Maryellen Denio and Raymond E. Randall Jr.
    West Canada Valley
    2012-13 school budget: $14,224,000.
    2013-14 school budget: $15,089,196.
    Change in spending: 6.08 percent increase.
    Proposed tax levy change: 3.5 percent increase.
    Major cuts: None.
    School board candidates: three seats each with three-year terms, Robin Louis (incumbent), Karen Murphy, Kim Farrell, Steve Keblish Jr. and Craig Fehlhaber.
    Propositions: The purchase of three 66-passenger buses, with a guarantee five-year trade in value, and one 30-passenger bus at a total not to exceed $280,000.

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