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School budget vote set for Tuesday, May 15
On Tuesday, May 15, Unadilla Valley Central School District residents will vote on a proposed $20.2 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. 

The plan has a tax levy increase of $63,761, or 1.50 percent, which meets the district’s state-mandated tax levy limit. The proposed budget has an overall spending increase of $848,549 or 4.39 percent.

A 2.26 percent increase in state aid over the current year will enable the district to continue all academic programming, extracurricular activities and athletics. UV continues to evaluate efficiencies in all areas of operation, as well as focus on improving academics through professional development and collaboration with the community.

“Our focus must always be on meeting the educational needs of each and every one of our students as efficiently as possible,” said Superintendent Robert Mackey. “We have a limited ability to control how the state of New York funds education, but we know that if we work hard and wisely use the resources we have, we can help guarantee good outcomes for all students.”

Aside from contractual costs, such as salaries and benefits, the bulk of the proposed spending increase is due to an expansion in special education programming. This includes meeting increased special education needs, as well as keeping more students in the school building instead of sending them off site. Costs include two special education teachers and five support staff members. These changes will result in savings from reduced BOCES tuition and positions the district to collect tuition revenue from other area districts that may send students to UV. In addition, the district is using revenue from a health insurance consortium refund to offset the costs of procuring new equipment for the library and for technology instruction.     

The amount the district pays for tuition for out-of-district placement is also decreasing under the fiscal plan due to students aging out of the school system. The proposed budget includes a $100,000 capital outlay project—90 percent of which is funded through state aid—designed to improve the plumbing infrastructure of the building. 

Voters will also elect two school board members from among two candidates and decide on a bus lease proposition, which, if approved, would have no impact on the local tax levy. 

Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, in the district office lobby at 4238 State Highway 8, in New Berlin.
 
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