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UV Budget Passes; Board Members Elected
On Tuesday, May 16, Unadilla Valley Central School District residents approved a proposed $19.3 million budget for the 2017-18 school year by 206 votes to 59.

The budget has a tax levy increase of $52,654, or 1.25 percent, which meets the state-mandated tax levy limit, and reflects a spending increase of $228,041 or 1.20 percent.
District voters also selected three board members out of five candidates. The top three vote-getters were elected to the positions. Incumbent Victoria Gregory received 185 votes; incumbent Richard Potter received 173 votes; and Jamie Thompson received 124 votes, meaning they will be seated on the board as of July 1. Charles Jenison received 119 votes; and incumbent Kim Murray received 116 votes. A bus leasing proposition was also approved by a vote of 213 to 51.

A 0.63 percent increase in state aid over the current year will allow the district to continue all academic programming, extracurricular activities and athletics. Because state aid for UV is not projected at the levels seen in recent years and contractual costs have risen, the district will not fill a secondary school English teaching position and a teacher’s aide position being vacated through retirements.

The bulk of the spending increase in the budget includes contractual salary and employee benefit costs. The budget also includes a $100,000 capital outlay project—90 percent of which is funded through state aid—designed to improve building technology and infrastructure.

Decreases in the budget are seen in the areas of tuition paid to send students to BOCES for special education and payments to the Teacher Retirement System.
The district continues to evaluate efficiencies in all areas of operation, as well as focus on improving academics.

“The district will continue to collaborate on staff development and teacher effectiveness to ensure our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for success,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said.
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