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Minor increase expected for Cleveland Hill budget

The Cleveland Hill Union Free School District’s budget will probably only go up $11,271, or .04 percent, according to a presentation given at Wednesday night’s board meeting.

The total budget for 2016-2017 is a little more than $31 million.

In the proposed budget which district residents will vote on May 17, the district has reduced health insurance by $61,620. BOCES tuition has been reduced by nearly $110,000.

The district does not anticipate going over the tax cap.

“Hopefully we’re going to be able to lower our tax levy this year,” said Dennis Corsaro, business manager for Cleveland Hill. “This year’s budget is different in that a number of line items are showing decreases instead of increases... In the past, the majority of our line items have increased. This year, they’ve gone down.”

Corsaro said retirement contributions have gone down, as have utilities – rather significantly, in both cases.

“It’s been a total team effort with the administrative team,” Corsaro said. “The department heads have all been very conscientious of every item within their budgets and have kept their budget requests under control.”

A presentation was also given on the special education budget by Dave Evans, assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services.

Evans said the special ed budget is about 16 percent of the overall budget. Within that, equipment has gone up $10,000. Contractual obligations went up about $17,000. Materials and supplies are up $1,000. BOCES Services is down from $1,148,466 to $978,049.

$2,277,692 is the total for student services, not including staffing, Evans said.

The 2016-2017 total debt service for Cleveland Hill is $2,827,792 of which $377,792 is interest.

There was also a discussion at the Wednesday meeting about substitute teachers. The district has about 100 but would like to have more.

“Our subs love working here,” said Patrick McCabe, elementary school principal in Cleveland Hill. “They turn down other assignments to be with us.”