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Saranac Lake school board adopts budget

District will reconsider cut to field trips

April 19, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the district's 2012-13 budget.

Board members had considered postponing adoption of the budget until a special meeting Thursday, but they later voted unanimously to approve the budget following an executive session, according to Dan Bower, the district's assistant superintendent for business.

Bower said Wednesday the adopted budget is unchanged from what he presented earlier in the meeting. It contains $27.2 million in spending, which is an increase of just under half-a-percent over the current budget. Its tax levy is $18.6 million, an increase of 2.13 percent over the the current budget and just under the district's maximum allowable tax levy increase of 2.14 percent.

The budget was brought in line through a series of cuts, including the elimination of at least 10 positions, most of them teaching jobs, primarily through attrition.

Bower noted that the district will take another look at one of the cuts, a $20,00 reduction in field trips that concerned at least one board member, Esther Arlan. Bower said he might be able to shift some money around, without affecting overall spending in the budget, "to make sure we can accommodate educational trips that otherwise wouldn't happen.

"We've been asked to revisit that, and we will," Bower said.


Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or



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