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B'ville school budget passes, all new board members

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education's proposed 2009-10 budget of $93,669,512 was approved by voters this evening with 1,750 votes in favor and 668 against.

This means a 1.03 percent increase in spending over last year's budget with a tax levy (amount district residents pay in property taxes) that will remain the same at $46,780,000.

Major items affecting this year's budget include a decrease in staff (30 positions were reduced or eliminated), an increase in health insurance costs and an increase in spending through BOCES. The board also used $661,000 out of the reserve fund to create the budget.

Voters also approved the separate Proposition 1 to purchase 10 buses with 1,598 votes in favor and 769 votes agains. The 10 bus-purchase will cost $980,000 with $705,000 towards the overall cost coming from state aid, leaving the total local cost at $275,000.

Three new board members

Burrill Wells, Cynthia Cronin and Jim Goulet, a team that proposed changes with the way the Board of Education operates, won the three board seats up for election with 1,540 votes, 1,720 votes and 1,722 votes respectively from voters. Current board members Kevin Bernstein (705 votes) and Greg Wilcox (787 votes) lost their seats with 705 votes and 787 votes, respectively. Contender Christopher Patrick received 477 votes.

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