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UV passes 2019-20 school budget
On Tuesday, May 21, Unadilla Valley Central School District residents voted 162 to 41 to approve a $22.1 million budget for the 2019-20 school year.

The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 has a tax levy increase of $67,348, or 1.56 percent, which meets the district’s tax levy limit. The tax levy is the overall amount of taxes collected on all properties within the district. Because the district is not exceeding the tax levy limit, or cap, only a simple majority vote of 50 percent was needed to pass the budget.

Voters also elected three board of education candidates: Incumbents Kristin Rumovicz with 167 votes; Tammie Emrich with 151 votes; and Kimberly Murray with 148 votes. Murray will fill the one-year term, while Rumovicz and Emrich will serve three-year terms. Kim Corcoran received 86 votes.

The budget has an overall spending increase from the current year of $1.9 million or 9.42 percent. The bulk of this spending increase is related to state aid-funded bond payments for a building project passed by voters in May 2015 and completed in 2018. A 2.4 percent increase in Foundation Aid, which is the major discretionary funding category of state aid, will enable the district to continue all academic programming and meet increased special education and academic intervention needs.

“Unadilla Valley, like many rural schools in New York, is seeing significant increases in students who struggle with social, emotional and academic requirements,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “This budget will help us leverage our current staff through targeted professional development, as well as hiring new staff to better meet the educational needs of our students. It will also help ensure we can do this in the safest environment we can.”

Under this budget, the district will also seek to increase the frequency of the late bus from two days a week to four. This will allow for more after-school activities through clubs and organizations that carry little or no direct cost to the district. An increase in summer school programming is also planned.

In order to ensure the district is operating as efficiently as possible, a review of supplies and equipment, as well as services provided from outside the district, was conducted and reductions were made where possible. 

District voters also approved a bus proposition by a vote of 172 to 32.
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