Chenango schools finalize budgets tonight

CHENANGO COUNTY – Area school boards are scheduled to adopt proposed 2008-2009 budgets tonight in a round of special meetings.

The adopted budgets will then go to public vote May 20.

Some districts will use the special meetings to re-work parts of next year’s spending plans after state financial aid numbers announced earlier this month were less-than-expected, despite increases over last year.

Although subject to change, here’s a glance at tentative budget highlights:

• Bainbridge-Guilford Central Schools Superintendent Karl Brown could not offer preliminary budget figures until after tonight, but said early projections showed the district seeing about a 5.5 percent increase in spending over last year.

Brown added that the district will receive $39,000 less in state foundation aid than what Albany had predicted under former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, which prompted the board to discuss different options tonight for the budget after it was set earlier this month.

“We need to go back and re-think a few things,” said Brown. “I think we’re in good shape.”

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