Otselic Valley readies to deal with budget constraints

SOUTH OTSELIC – The possibility of severe state aid cuts has forced Otselic Valley officials to consider consolidation of the elementary and junior-senior high schools, personnel cuts and a potential tax hike.

Approximately 30 concerned residents and educators met with members of the Otselic Valley Board of Education Wednesday evening in the Junior-Senior High School cafeteria for the first of several budget work sessions.

Due to proposed state aid cuts submitted by Governor David Paterson in his executive budget, the board is currently accessing the feasibility of closing the Georgetown Elementary School and relocating those students to the Junior-Senior High School. According to a preliminary estimate, Otselic Valley Central Schools would face $328,389 in cuts, a 5.89 percent cut from projected state aid for 2010-2011.

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