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Two More Broome School Districts Finalize Budgets

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One Broome County school district is putting out a budget proposal with no job cuts while another is presenting a plan that eliminates about 70 jobs.

The Union Endicott plan increases the tax levy by 2.04% without eliminating jobs and even restores some programs.  District officials credited one-time granst from New York State for allowing for the paying down of the levy from the maximum limit, restoring some programs and even being able to put some money aside in the reserve fund.

The proposed budget approved this week by the Maine Endwell school board calls for a tax levy increase of 5.94% and does away with dozens of jobs, about a third of them through retirement.

The district got close to $430,000 in state aid.

As board members voted to preserve K-12 music and library jobs, positions in special education, occupational therapy and general classroom education are to be eliminated. Some modified sports teams are also to be taken out.

ME will hold a public hearing on the budget proposal May 9th.

State-wide school budgets go to a vote May 21st.

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