Eastern suburbs: A brief overview of proposed school budgets

Residents: This year's annual school budget vote is set for Tuesday May 18.

School officials in the districts of Jamesville-DeWitt, Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa have adopted the following 2010-11 budgets. Explanations of propositions are also given below.

Jamesville-DeWitt School District

The Jamesville-DeWitt proposed budget totals $47,395,914, which has a .7 percent increase over this year's budget. The board, which adopted the budget April 5, projects a tax rate increase of 1.49 percent.

According to School Business Administrator Tim Decker, the proposed budget takes aggressive measures to make sure spending is focused at classroom achievement.

"Spending has been closely monitored, vacant positions are evaluated before replacements are sought, economizing measures have been taken in transportation, maintenance budgets have been squeezed, consolidated purchasing has been expanded and unrestricted reserves are being used," he said. "Despite the fiscal pressures, we are confident that the proposed budget is both fiscally responsible and continues our commitment to maintaining a comprehensive academic program."

Additionally, the district's revenue plan is based on information-to-date from Gov. David Paterson as well as expected state aid, revenue from the county sales tax agreement and property taxes. According to the April 5 meeting minutes, the district does have a plan if the actual revenues from these areas change upon finalization.

J-D propositions

In addition to the proposed budget and election of BOE candidates, the ballot will include two propositions -- one for school bus replacements, the other for the DeWitt Community Library.

The district is requesting the purchase of four school buses: two 65-passenger diesel school buses without luggage at an approximate cost of $194,214; one 65-passenger diesel school bus with luggage at approximately $98,928 and one 45-passenger wheelchair bus with air conditioning for approximately $110,539.

The second proposition asks voters to approve an increase in financial support to the DeWitt Community Library, from $1,126,500 to $1,166,700 -- a difference of $40,200 or 3.6 percent.

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