Muskegon Schools are now one step closer to major budget cuts

Another factor that has played a role in ongoing school budget talks is the expectation that Portland may lose more than $3 million in state funding.

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The spending increase allows the district to maintain all existing programs and services for students, and also expand opportunities through a new Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, the release states.

“Once we had the indication that we were going to get our asked amount from the borough”, she said, “and an indication that we were going to get flat-funded from the state, that made it easier for me to commit to using reserve funds if we need them – which I believe we will”.

The $37.7 million budget, which represents a decrease of $45,307 from a year ago, will allow the board to maintain a zero percent increase in the tax levy for borough residents.

Cobleskill-Richmondville voters also approved their district budget. The bus proposition to purchase three 66-passenger buses and one 7-passenger auto was also approved with 405 voting yes and 170 voting no. If approved, the plan would be on display for 30 days at the Oil City Library and the district administration building on Grandview Road until the final vote in June.

Meanwhile, in NY, school districts will be holding their annual budget votes and school board elections on the same day. Because of a deficit of $600,000, the school proposed a tax levy of 4.27 percent, 2.27 percent above the allotted tax cap.

“A vote to support this amendment is not a vote against schools”, Batson said. All ran unopposed for three-year terms.

Residents of the Ballston Spa Central School District on Tuesday approved the $91.89 million budget proposal for 2018-19, the district said Tuesday night.

Bill Lueders, president of the open government advocacy group Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, said the proposal seems to give a lesser right of access to information to school board members than to anyone else.

A public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget is scheduled for the school board’s Tuesday, May 22 meeting which begins at 7 p.m.at the school board office. The bus proposition passed with 707 voting yes and 103 voting no.

At that time, the board will address a state audit of the special-education program that found the district in “systemic non-compliance” with parts of the federal law that governs education of students with disabilities.

Last Monday evening, I attended the Waterloo Board of Education meeting to hear about the bullying controversy as well as gather information about the 10 candidates running for the school board.

Voters approved the proposed $21.5 million budget for the Galway Central School District, 261 to 127.

Residents approved by a 187-62 vote the purchase of two new school buses. Additionally, incumbent Kelly Anderson is seeking her third three-year term on the board.

South Huntington’s budget of $170,505,675 passed.

The district’s state aid has increased by 3.32 percent, or about $465,000, while the local tax revenue will grow about approximately $14,000 with the tax hike.

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