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Local school budgets will do for now

May 11, 2013

The four school districts the Enterprise covers have produced 2013-14 budgets that are very different, but alike in some key ways, too: Hard work went into them as well as understanding of what the......

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May-20-13 11:26 PM

Useless comment section.

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May-14-13 7:04 PM

Three out of Four on this one PC (which is more than I typically agree w/ you). One is Crazy to expect Tupper Lakers to approve an 8.35% increase while ALSO taking from reserves AND 1/2 million from fund and unemployment reserve balances, AND increasing spending nearly 8%!!! CRAZY!!! I'm not saying hard work didn't go into this budget proposal; BUT, I am Screaming This IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! FORCE more employee contribution. Cut sports from the budget and make boosters support them (and they will, as TL is a proud community when it comes to sports) and they can self-support or be solvent programs w/out taxing the tax payers. Cut Administration MORE!!!

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May-14-13 1:10 PM

I would write this under guest commentary but no comment section, It is nice that Linda Wallace wants to try and throw it in the face of the current Superintenden and previous BOE of Lake Placid one more time. Just trying to figure out why she isn't putting in the results of her commissioner complaint that she filed a year ago on the Superintendent, could it be that it was not in favor or her!! I think the paper needs to foil the results of that report. It has cleared Dr. Richards of all the charges she accused him of and said she had no basis for her claim. Just one of her vicious attacks on him with no merit. You can bet had she won it, it would of been plastered all over the papers and Pete Crowley would of sensanalized it even more as he shows his bias towards the superintendent that he has never met when he reports, doesn't like to get the true story. What a hyprocrite!!

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May-14-13 11:23 AM

I went to the TLCS districts website and looked at the budget. I'm no CPA but it looks to me like the biggest single expense is the nearly $3.2 Million for Health Insurance. Yet in all the press I've only seen one mention of it? The increase just from last year is a staggering $461,000.(about 17%) I'm certainly pro education but the TLCS district needs to get rational about employees contributions towards the Health Ins. The current contribution level is next to nothing. Saranac Lake recently found a new program and saved hundreds of thousands. Maybe the TL school board could contact them and go the same way.

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May-13-13 6:17 AM

TICONDEROGA — Balancing the new Ticonderoga Central School budget means cutting 11 jobs and reducing hours for 12 more.

ST. REGIS FALLS — The St. Regis Falls Central School District’s proposed 2013-14 budget carries a tax-levy increase of 2.9 percent.

CROWN POINT — The tax-levy increase in Crown Point Central School 2013-14 budget stays well under the district’s state limit.

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School has been able to keep its 2013-14 budget increase under the amount allowed by New York state.

BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Central School Board has approved a 2013-14 budget that cuts some positions but maintains the majority of student offerings. Though BCSD has an allowable tax-levy limit of 4.2 percent, the School Board approved a 3.5 percent levy increase for next school year.

TUPPER LAKE-- would raise taxes more than 8 percent VOTE NO

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May-12-13 2:01 PM

Vote NO! on Tupper Lake School Budget!

Vote NO on Teacher Health Insurance paid for 110%!

Vote NO on Zero Retirement Contributions!

Vote NO Tupper Lake!

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May-12-13 10:47 AM

My pay frozen for the past three years. Obama's budget will freeze it again in 2014 and raise my retirement contribution another 5%.

Tupper Teachers get 3-4% pay raise every year.

I'll be voting NO! NO! NO! May 21st.

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May-12-13 10:14 AM

The student to teacher ratio in Tupper Lake is down to 10 to 1.

Enough is to much I'll vote No on the Tupper school budget on Tuesday, May 21.

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May-12-13 7:52 AM

banned, if you are a product of public education then I would have to agree that it is an abysmal failure.

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May-11-13 3:28 PM

voted "yes" for new emergency building in Tupper Lake so we can't afford both. Will vote "no" on school budget. Sure, education is important but part of life skills are managing your budget in a realistic manner.

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