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April 8, 2010

CCS makes more cuts to lower tax levy

BY MICHELLE MILLER

STAFF WRITER



Last-minute changes have been made to the Cooperstown Central School proposed 2010-11 budget.



The Cooperstown Board of Education and administration have been plucking away at the district’s proposed spending plan in order to find additional savings.



School officials said a 7.2 percent tax levy increase is not realistic in today’s economic climate so more cuts will be made to the proposed budget to reduce the burden on taxpayers.



The goals, according to school officials, has been to maintain the strongest academic program, address declining enrollment and demonstrate an awareness of the district’s fiscal constraints.



The following additional adjustments have been made to the proposed spending plan:



Elimination of one additional elementary classroom position;



Elimination of one additional teacher’s aide position;



Adjustment to all salary lines;



Reduction of materials and supply purchases;



Reinstate JV field hockey team because of participation numbers;



and the inclusion of summer driver’s education as a cost-neutral program.



These changes bring the proposed budget total to $15,965,502, a decrease of 3.5 percent over the current year’s spending plan. This would generate a proposed average tax levy increase of 5.8 percent.



Past proposed adjustments that cover all aspects of district budgeting are:



Elimination of one elementary classroom position;



Elimination of one business education position;



Elimination of a vocal music position;



Reduction of a foreign language position;



Reduction of a technology education (industrial arts) position;



Elimination of two teacher’s aide positions;



Elimination of one monitor position;



Reduction of a clerical position;



Elimination of the high school ETC coordinator position;



Reduction of BOCES purchased services;



Elimination of JV levels for baseball, field hockey and football



Reduction of co-coaching positions for modified basketball;



Elimination of the assistant modified wrestling coach and volleyball scorekeeper;



Reduction of co-advisors in a series of extracurricular offerings;

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