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The Dansville Online
  • Keshequa passes $18M 2011-12 budget

  • The Keshequa Board of Education unanimously passed an $18,251,276 budget April 14, a $110,000 reduction from the current school year.

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  • The Keshequa Board of Education unanimously passed an $18,251,276 budget April 14, a $110,000 reduction from the current school year.
    Keshequa’s reduction is in light of state aid decreases coupled with increased costs.
    Some of those increased costs include health insurance, which has gone up by $90,000; teacher retirement system has gone up by $85,000 and employee retirement system has risen $60,000.
    Keshequa, as well as Dansville and Wayland-Cohocton, is roughly 70 percent dependent upon state aid.
    Keshequa lost about $500,000 in state aid for next school year due to education cuts in the latest state budget.
    Those increased costs coupled with state cuts gave Keshequa a total $728,000 budget gap between this school year and next.
    To close the budget gap, Keshequa has cut spending in the following areas: planned textbook purchases; computer replacements; transfers from general fund to the cafeteria; one full-time elementary teacher; one full-time special education teacher; one teacher’s aid; one support staff position; it may cut two counseling positions; and will reduce curriculum administrative costs through a BOCES shared service program.
    When asked why their cuts are not as dire as other local districts, business administrator and acting superintendent Dominic Aloisio was not absolutely sure, but surmised that “right-sizing” the staff to its decreasing student population through attrition over the past several years and refinancing some debt may have had something to do with it.
    The tax levy is expected to be $4,369,276; an increase of $85,576 or two percent for next school year.
    The public vote on the budget is scheduled for May 17 at the middle school/high school lobby from noon to 9 p.m.

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