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Keene Central school budget passes

May 22, 2014
By staff , Lake Placid News

KEENE VALLEY - Voters in the Keene Central School District overwhelmingly approved the district's 2014-15 budget Tuesday, May 20.

The $5.7 million spending plan was approved by a vote of 108 to 17.

The budget contains a 3.13 percent increase in spending compared to the current budget.

The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes will be $4.7 million, a 1.97 percent increase.

School officials eliminated one position through a retirement.

"For one more year the district has been able to maintain staffing and quality opportunities for students while holding the levy at the level required not to exceed the property tax cap," Interim Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston said in a statement faxed to the Enterprise. "The challenges of curricular changes, accountability, ever changing technology needs, increased employment cost and routine maintenance have been met this year through this spending plan."

Voters also elected two candidates to a pair of three-year terms on the school board. Sheryl Quinn and Joe Pete Wilson Jr. will replace Teresa Cheetham-Palen, the board's current president, and David Craig, who did not run for re-election.

"The district is grateful to for the dedicated service Teresa and David have given," Ford-Johnston said. "We look forward to the leadership of our new volunteers."



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