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Holley Board of Education adopts 2013-2014 school budget

Posted 25 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Press Release: Monroe 2 BOCES

Holley, NY – During its April 23 board meeting, the Holley Board of Education adopted a $22,976,429 budget for the 2013-2014 school year. If approved, the plan will result in a two percent tax levy increase.

The district received an additional $702,000 in state aid and did not have to make any cuts to staffing or programs. Items that were added to the budget include two teaching positions, an athletic trainer, a golf team, and upgrades to the Middle School/High School music room.

“The Board of Education has worked hard with our administrators to build a budget that meets students’ needs while also staying at the two percent cap. We have accomplished this task,” said John Heise, board president. “We are happy to have been able to include a number of items in the budget that will improve opportunities for our students.”

When Holley residents go to the polls on May 21, they also will be asked to vote on three additional propositions. The first is for the purchase of two full-size school buses, two 22-passenger buses, and one nine-passenger vehicle at a cost not to exceed $372,136. The second allows the district to maintain a seven-member Board of Education rather than reducing to five members as authorized by voters on May 15, 2012. The third authorizes the district to raise $102,652 to be used in support of maintenance and operations of the Community Free Library.

In addition, residents will be voting on one Board of Education seat. The three-year terms of office of current board members John Heise, Dorothy Morgan and Brenda Swanger expire on June 30, 2013. In accordance with a proposition adopted by voters on May 15, 2012, the board is being reduced from nine to seven members effective July 1, 2013. As a result of this reduction in membership, two positions on the board are being eliminated as of July 1, 2013, leaving only one vacancy to be filled at this year’s election. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to a three-year term of office expiring June 30, 2016.

Additional budget information will be available soon and will be communicated on the district website at www.holleycsd.org, through Facebook, and in the budget newsletter mailed to residents in mid-May.

Holley residents can vote on the school budget and Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Holley Middle School/High School foyer.