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April 24, 2014

Oneonta BOE OKs budget

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Oneonta City School District voters will be asked to approve a $35 million 2014-15 budget on the May 20 ballot. It calls for a 1.68-percent increase in the tax levy.

The board of education approved the plan unanimously during its regular Wednesday meeting held at Greater Plains Elementary School. It was the same as the preliminary plan discussed earlier this month.

Superintendent Joseph Yelich said the budget made no cuts to staff. Instead it is an opportunity to maintain and stabilize as the district hopes for future growth. While state aid increased $613,000, the district lost $1.3 million in funding because of the state’s gap elimination adjustment. The state has withheld a portion of state aid to most districts for several years as it sought to close its budget deficit.

Oneonta will use $1.2 million in fund balance to offset the $1.6 million in spending increases. The largest category increases include $660,000 for contractual salary and additional staffing and $256,000 for retirement costs.

Other items on the May 20 ballot will be voting for three vacancies on the board of education and a bus proposition.

In other business: the board had a presentation from students and staff at Greater Plains that was the latest in a monthly feature at board meetings.