The City of Tonawanda School Board has finished its proposed budget for the 2007-08 school year, but not before slicing $12,550 from its spending plan to address some complaints from the community.
The School Board adopted the budget last week during a special session.
The $29.9 million budget would increase taxes for residents by 0.8 percent, or about $60 more for residents with homes assessed at $60,000.
The 3.4 percent overall increase falls under the district's contingency cap, which means that there would be little effect on tax increases if the community votes the budget down May 15.
During a special public forum a few days prior to the adoption, the School Board heard the concerns of parents and residents about several changes in the budget.
A common complaint was that while the district was eliminating teaching positions -- including four at the middle school -- there were several new administrative positions that were added to next year's budget, including a grant writer, a part-time public relations worker, a clerical worker and a full-time athletic director.
Administrators told School Board members that positions such as grant writer and public relations worker would help improve the district's revenue picture.
A proposed full-time public relations position was eliminated in the budget, while a teaching position for health was restored.
The $12,550 in cuts made before the budget was adopted did not have any effect on the proposed tax rate.
"The board is pleased with the collaborative work between our staff and community that will allow the district to continue to deliver a program of excellence for all of our students," said Board President Daniel Calabrese. "The budget advisory team has examined many different ways to minimize the impact on the taxpayers."
"Our process strives to preserve those programs and learning opportunities that are most valuable to our students while remaining sensitive to the effect on the taxpayers in our community," School Superintendent Barbara Peters said.