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Second Scarsdale School Budget Adopted, Cuts More Than $1 Million

The Scarsdale Board of Education cut more than $1 million from the 2013-2014 budget and adopted it Monday night to put to a second public vote June 18.
The Scarsdale Board of Education cut more than $1 million from the 2013-2014 budget and adopted it Monday night to put to a second public vote June 18. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The Scarsdale school board adopted a second 2013-2014 budget late Monday night that shed more than $1 million in expenses and complies with the state-mandated tax levy cap.

Minutes before midnight, the board completed deliberations on 13 line items in the budget that voters defeated on May 21 . The first budget totaled $145.3 million. The second budget adopted at Monday's meeting totals $143.9 million.

This makes the year-to-year budget increase 1.49 percent, down from 2.47 percent. The tax levy is 2.84 percent, down from 3.93 percent, which falls below the allowable property tax levy of 3.12 percent.

The school district saved:

  • $136,500 by re-nogtiating its life insurance costs
  • $40,000 by keeping a high school drama position part-time that the first budget made full-time
  • $90,000 by reducing funding for the Center for Innovation from $90,000 to $25,000 and cutting another $25,000 from the research and development budget
  • $160,000 by postponing scheduled asbestos tile abatement and replacement of two concrete boiler pads
  • $25,000 by postponing the district website upgrade
  • $60,000 by not hiring a full-time secretary to replace three part-time aides in the athletic office
  • $100,000 by cutting an unassigned teacher
  • $100,000 by cutting a district helping teacher for elementary english language arts
  • $200,000 by using $100,000 of fund balance and finding $100,000 in special education savings

More expenses the board decided not to cut include:

  • $100,000 for a new district network administrator position
  • $65,000 in funding for the Teen Center
  • $131,000 for school security, covering the costs for installing new door locks in all buildings, one greeter at the middle school and four at the high school

There will be a budget hearing June 11 and a second public vote June 18.

If this second budget also fails, the district would have to cut about $4 million more, resulting in severe cuts to staff and programs, Linda Purvis, assistant superintendent of schools, said.

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