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March 31, 2013

Keller resigns board seat

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Danielle Keller has resigned from the Starpoint Board of Education, Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said last week.

Board members officially accepted her resignation at the March 11 meeting. Keller resigned for personal reasons, Whelan said.

Keller had been on the Starpoint board since being appointed in February 2011, succeeding Annmarie Reeb who stepped down two months prior. Keller was then elected to a three-year term in May 2011, meaning there is one year left on her term.

Whelan said the board would not appoint a replacement before the May 21 school board election. Residents will be voting that day to fill four open seats, with three seats holding three-year terms and Keller's seat being a one-year term.

The top three vote-getters will be elected to three-year terms and the fourth highest will succeed Keller. But that fourth place person will be appointed immediately to complete Keller's second year. A year for a school board member doesn't end until June 30, which is when the school year ends.

In other district news, Starpoint board members asked Whelan to look for an additional $250,000 in cuts. That would bring the proposed tax levy increase down to about 2 percent.

Starpoint's tax increase cap is 4.86 percent.

Currently the 2013-14 school year budget stands at $46.5 million, a 2.68 percent increase in spending. Board President Mark Ewart said last week most of the cost increases were employee based.

The district has to look at reducing its spending now before it runs into trouble, he said.

"How long can we push up before the district closes in on itsel

Starpoint would receive about $18.7 million or $720,000 more in state aid, as the recently approved state budget calls for a $1 billion increase in education aid.

Board members are expecting to adopt a budget by April 23.