Skaneateles school budget passes 710-521

Residents in the Skaneateles Central School District gave their approval Tuesday of the district's 2009-10 budget -- a spending plan totaling $29,231,236.

The budget passed with 710 votes for the plan and 521 against, said Superintendent Phil D'Angelo after the polls closed and the votes were counted.

According to D'Angelo, with the tough economy, he wasn't sure how the vote would turn out, but felt the Skaneateles Board of Education and all who worked on the budget put in a copious amount of time and effort to reign in the spending.

"We felt that this was a very reasonable budget and the community stepped up and supported our students once again," he said.

Throughout the budget process, the district cut $307,000 from its expenses.

The 2009-10 budget is a 4.74 percent increase over the 2008-09 budget, which amounts to $1,321,929.

Feelings from the voters throughout the day were a mix of discontent and due diligence -- some expressing that a budget increase was the wrong direction to go in and others showing support for the district's choices despite the cost.

"I, like many other people, have been hit really hard by this recession," resident Fred Schreader said after casting his vote Tuesday afternoon. "Any increase at all is too much."

However, at the time Schreader said he felt the budget would pass "because that's just the way things are."

Resident Pat Fallon said she attended budget meetings and thinks the district could have done more to cut spending.

"I think it's too much," she said.

Voting in favor of the budget, Lynda Gerst expressed her feelings that the money is well spent.

"I am an educator, so I believe that money spent for the district is money well spent," the former East Syracuse-Minoa teacher said.

Also with a role in education, retired Auburn teacher and Skaneateles resident Jinny Zechman said education is expensive.

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