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November 7, 2012

Board to review savings from Center Street closure

The Oneonta City School District Board of Education will review some preliminary information about the savings that resulted from the closing of Center Street School during its regular Wednesday meeting. It is also scheduled to decide on bringing a capital project before voters in January. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Valleyview Elementary School.

Business manager Lisa Weeks said she will be make a presentation to the board about the Center Street closing at the end of last school year.

It was done in part to close a budget gap of more than $1 million, because of a decrease in state aid, she said.

Information about utility and other savings are still being developed, but the move saved $686,000 in salary and benefits through the elimination of 16.4 positions, she said. About $834,700 was expected to be saved in April discussions. Some of the difference came about because of the cut of a federal reading program grant that was expected to pay some salaries.

In other business, the board is expected to decide on sending a proposed $4.6 million building project to go before voters Jan. 8. It had tabled a decision at its Oct. 24 meeting.

The proposal includes an improved security system at the three elementary buildings and the middle/high school and correction of longtime drainage problems at the middle/high school.

No work is planned at the former Center Street school.

“There is never a perfect time to do a building project,” Interim Superintendent David Rowley said, but postponing work on necessary projects will lead to higher costs.

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