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May 3, 2013

Oneonta puts final touches on budget proposal

The Oneonta School District finalized details of its budget to go before voters at a board of education meeting Monday at Greater Plains Elementary School.

When the board approved its proposed budget in mid-April, it hadn’t completed cuts to extracurricular activities and sports, Interim Superintendent David Rowley said. The budget that voters will cast a ballot for on May 21 calls for a tax levy increase of 2.7 percent. A hearing on the plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at Valleyview Elementary School.

At Monday’s meeting the board agreed to the details of the cuts, the total of which were included in the spending plan so the action will not change the budget totals.

The cuts include elimination of the golf team, for which no players had signed up. The ski team was changed to a club, the German club will be eliminated, cheerleading will be reduced from two seasons to one, and about $18,000 in equipment and supplies will be eliminated.

In addition, a donation of $2,500 was secured to allow school soccer teams to use the playing fields at the Wright National Soccer Campus, Rowley said.

This is in addition to a number of cuts that were previously announced, including more than 15 staff positions, to close a budget gap that totaled $1.5 million at the start of the budget season, Rowley said.

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