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April 13, 2014

Six job cuts shown in Wilson school budget

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — The Wilson Central School board of education last week adopted a $24.5 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The budget anticipates a $200,000 increase in spending compared with the current year, and it drives a 1.01 percent increase in the local tax levy. Property tax collection is up $111,250, to $11 million, in 2014-15.

The effect on the school tax rate, currently $25.99 per $1,000 of assessed value, won’t be known until August, according to district business administrator John Montesanti. Towns in the district don’t file final assessment rolls until July.

The proposed budget reflects closure of W.H. Stevenson Elementary School in Ransomville at the end of the current school year. The closing was approved by the school board this past October, after Wilson district voters twice turned down proposed 2013-2014 budgets that called for 4 and then 2 percent tax levy increases.

Vacating the building and consolidating all elementary instruction at Wilson Elementary School — the new name for Thomas Marks Elementary in the village of Wilson — was expected to save $500,000.

The adopted 2014-2015 budget reflects 5 1/2 position cuts: Two cafeteria workers, one nurse, one physical education teacher, a laborer and half of an administrative position. Three of the positions are being vacated by retirement, Montesanti said. The cuts will save the district about $400,000 and reduce district-wide personnel spending to $10.2 million.

The district is set to receive $12.2 million in state aid in 2014-2015, compared to $11.7 million in the current year.

A presentation on the adopted budget will be held at 7 p.m. May 13 in the middle/high school building. The budget document will be available for review May 6 at the board of education office, 412 Lake St.

The budget goes to a public vote May 20.

Also, three school board seats will be filled by election. Interested candidates should file petitions with the district clerk before 4 p.m. April 22. Each petition must have 25 signatures.

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