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Corinth school budget set for vote

CORINTH — School district officials have adopted a budget that keeps the tax levy under the cap this year, bouncing back from being designated susceptible to fiscal stress by the state Comptroller’s Office last year.

The district’s proposed budget is $22.77 million, a 4.2% increase over last year’s figure. The tax levy would increase by around $350,000, or 3.8%, to $9.55 million, under the 4.1% cap.

District Business Administrator Susan Foley said responsible planning has reduced the deficit from $1 million in 2016-17 to $129,000 in 2019-20.

The budget addresses students’ social and emotional wellness through the appointment of an additional social worker, which will help improve educational outcomes and connect the school, homes and community, according to the district’s website.

Foley said the district was able to add several other positions in this year’s budget, including a bus dispatcher, a custodial and grounds keeping job and a part-time athletic trainer.

A part-time art teacher was also moved to full-time. The school resource officer position was officially funded, after being added following the passing of the budget last year, according to Foley.

In addition to the budget, the ballot will feature two propositions to buy two school buses for a cost not to exceed $245,000 and to fund the Corinth Free Library in the amount of $61,975.

The two open five-year seats will be taken in an uncontested race by newcomer Jennifer Bourdeau and incumbent Louis Lueck.

District residents will have the opportunity to cast their votes on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the elementary school music room.

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Samuel Northrop is the education reporter for The Post-Star. He can be reached at snorthrop@poststar.com.

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