May 17, 2017 10:28 AM

Budget approved by 64% of voters

Coxsackie-Athens voters approved the budget proposal with 468 YES votes and 266 NO votes.  The 64% approval is historically high for C-A.  Jamie Dorr(545 votes), Carol Ann Luccio (537 votes) and Tara Bachner (533 votes), all running unopposed for Board of Education seats were each voted into a 3-year term.

The $30,841,922 approved budget  is a $929,629 [3.11%] increase over the current year’s budget.  As a result the estimated tax levy change is 2.56%.  This is below the allowable tax levy cap.  Due to an increase in PILOT revenue, the district was able to stay under the tax cap.

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For next year, the district will be adding from this year’s budget one special education teacher and 2 support staff positions.  There will be no cuts to academic programs.  The budget preserves all sports and extra-curricular programs, maintains current class sizes in all buildings and includes the first payments towards the capital project approved by voters last spring. The budget leaves vacant, due to retirement, two teaching positions; a science position and an elementary position.

“I want to thank the voters for supporting our budget proposal,” said Superintendent of Schools Randy Squier.  He added, “I also want to thank Assistant Superintendent Leslie Copleston for developing a budget in collaboration with our leadership team and Board of Education that will allow us to continue to reach our aim high goals by implementing our five anchor strategies in order to inspire all learners to achieve extraordinary success.”  “We are are excited that this budget will allow our fantastic staff as they support every kid, every day.”


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