TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Central School District voters have approved a 2010-11 budget.
The $18.1 million spending plan was passed, 509-474, June 15.
Voters in Ticonderoga supported the budget by a 451-305 count, while Hague voters opposed it by a 169-58 margin.
It was the district's second attempt at adopting a budget for next academic year. A proposed $18.3 million spending plan was defeated by a 521-421 count May 18.
Voters in Ticonderoga supported the initial budget proposal by 19 votes, but Hague residents rejected it by 119 votes.
School administrators revised the original plan by cutting $279,081 from the initial proposal.
The adopted 2010-11 budget totals $18,105,991.
The amount to be raised by taxes in the budget is $9,581,358. That's a 4.77 percent increase in the tax levy.
Spending in the budget is down 0.2 percent from current levels. The increase in the plan is attributed to the on-going $23.8 million building and renovation project approved by voters in 2007.
Superintendent John McDonald noted the help of Ti teachers in cutting the spending plan.
In the original proposal teachers agreed to switch health insurance programs, which will save the district $150,000 a year.
In the revised budget teachers also agreed to give up 0.55 percent of a scheduled pay increase that will save the district $31,081 and agreed to $25,000 in cuts to supplies, which they will cover through out-of-pocket expense. Teachers also agreed to freeze coaching and adviser pay, saving $19,000.
The revised plan calls for the purchase of two 32-passenger buses instead of two 68-passenger buses, a savings of $100,000; the elimination of pre-kindergarten transportation, a savings of $50,000; the elimination of the Young Scholars program, saving $25,000; cutting field trips in half, saving $15,000; cutting after-school detention in half, saving $8,000; and cutting summer Building Leadership Team work, saving $6,000.
It's been a difficult budget year, McDonald said.
The district is scheduled to receive a $435,000 cut in state aid in 2010-11 and debt service on the building project increases by $290,418. That means the district faced a $725,418 deficit without addressing any other increased costs.
The 2010-11 budget eliminates 7.5 positions - 5 percent of its teaching staff, consolidates bus routes, eliminates out-of-district conferences, cuts department chairmanships, slashes the music enrichment program and cuts the high school student mentoring program.
The staff cuts - two elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, a high school teacher, an administrator, a bus driver and a teacher aide - will save the district $432,000.
The other cuts total $149,249.