CROWNPOINT-The Crown Point Central School board of education has proposed a 3.1 percent cut in its 2011-12 budget.
The proposed 2011-12 budget totals $6,084,266, a decrease of $194,865 from the current spending plan of $6,279,131.
But while spending is down, taxes are up in the proposed budget. The anticipated tax levy for 2011-12 is $1,489,000, an increase of $25,245 - 1.7 percent - from the present tax levy of $1,463,755.
The discrepancy between the reduced budget and higher tax levy is the result of a $275,131 loss in state and federal aid.
"Given the situation of the New York State and national economy, we have faced ongoing budget constraints," Superintendent Shari Brannock said. "We were required to adjust expenses accordingly, given less revenue."
Voters will decide on the proposed 2011-12 budget Tuesday, May 17, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the school foyer and 1:30-8 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The proposed budget includes the elimination of 2.9 teaching positions and 3.6 non-instructional jobs. Amath teacher and a teaching assistant are being eliminated, while a science position will become half time and Spanish and special education posts will be reduced 20 percent. Also being cut is a bus monitor, a bus driver, an account clerk and a maintenance position.
Those job cuts save the district $225,269.
The district will also save $34,488 this year and $70,000 next year because teachers agreed to a health insurance coverage change.
"Lower costs due to personnel cuts and savings from non-instructional retirements will allow us to maintain a high-quality education for our students with less funds," Brannock said. "In addition, all current staff has agreed to concessions in health insurance plans, January 2012, that have resulted in district savings."
A decline in the number of special education students in the district will save $123,089 next academic year.
The proposed 2011-12 budget also includes some spending increases. Fuel costs are up 22 percent and employee retirement costs are up 11 percent. There are also pay raises of 2 percent for non-instructional staff, 3 percent for administration and 3.95 percent for teachers.
The board decided to use a $352,778 fund balance in the 2011-12 budget.
Brannock stressed, even with cuts, the proposed Crown Point budget is good for students. It maintains almost all educational programs, offers remediation and intervention services, and continues extracurricular and athlete programs.
"The board has worked hard and diligently to keep kids as our focus," Brannock said. "We developed this budget with input from all stakeholders always doing what's best for the kids.
"The proper balance of a stable environment and culture for our staff and students, with realistic requests for taxpayer support, is very important," she said.
Also on the ballot will be an election for board of education. Incumbents Morgan Sprague, Terry Ross and Jacalyn Popp are running unopposed.