Schenectady School Board adopts budget

By MARK O'BRIEN

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — It took several hours but the Schenectady School Board finally adopted a spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year.

It totals $161,605,468, which amounts to a roughly 0.6 percent increase over the appropriations for the current school year.  The adopted budget includes closing Blodgett Elementary School and converting it to Success Academy for middle school students, cutting dozens of positions, cutting foreign language positions from all school levels, eliminating $50,000 in newsletters and excessive photocopying use, and getting rid of the Young Scholars program.

The projected tax levy increase associated with the new budget is 5.94 percent, though school officials stressed that the final tax levy increase could vary depending on the amount of financial aid state lawmakers give to school districts when a state budget is ultimately passed.

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