Baldwinsville School District cuts spending, tax levy rises

"This year, more than ever, we have provided detailed budget analysis at board meetings and posted on line. We know that we face multi-year economic issues. We will continue to work with our staff, parents, students and community to develop budgets that reflect both the educational needs and the economic ability of the community to pay for these educational needs," Rodems said. "This is a balancing act that we readily acknowledge. We also know that reasonable people can disagree with budget decisions."

There will be a public hearing regarding the proposed budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday May 10 at Durgee Junior High School, 29 East Oneida St. (district campus) in Baldwinsville. The public vote, held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 17 at Baker High School, 29 East Oneida St. (district campus), will also include a separate proposition (Proposition 2) and a board of education election.

Proposition 2 proposes purchasing six 65-passenger buses, one 42-passenger wheelchair bus and two six-passenger vehicles for $881,108. District officials usually include an annual proposition to purchase replacement vehicles for its existing fleet to avoid emergency expenditures when funds are not available.

Candidates for three open seats on the board of education include Lysander residents Jeffrey Marier, Roman Diamond and Cheryl Cowen. Board members Colin Kahl and Victor Jenkins will not seek re-election and board member Mark Manning resigned in February after moving out of the area.

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