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2015-16 North Colonie budget passes, full-day kindergarten program will be implemented in fall 2015

| May 19, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, North Colonie residents approved the district’s $102.7 million budget for 2015-16 by a tally of 1,471 yes votes to 379 no votes.

Results were announced at the North Colonie Central Office shortly after the polls closed at 9:00 p.m. The unofficial results show 80 percent of the total 1,850 voters supported the budget.

The $102.7 million budget is estimated to increase residential property taxes by 2.98 percent. The district will set its final tax rate for the 2015-16 school year in August, based on final assessment figures as provided by the Town of Colonie.

In the Board of Education elections, Linda Harrison and David Gaynor, who both ran unopposed, were elected. Harrison and Gaynor will serve five-year terms beginning on July 1.

The budget includes the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program, the expansion of the English as a New Language program (as per state mandates), and the expansion of the fundamental Math and English Language Arts programs at Shaker Junior High School. The budget also includes the transfer of $3 million to the district’s capital fund to complete needed improvements in district school buildings.

The district’s goal was to craft a budget that not only aligns spending and uses savings gained from attrition to fund educational priorities, but also puts the district in a position where it can continue on a path to sustainability in the coming years.

“We are pleased that the tax payers of North Colonie voted to support the proposed 2015-16 budget,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “I want to thank them for their willingness to participate in the budget process and for exercising their democratic right to vote on the budget. Furthermore, I believe that the addition of full-day kindergarten will substantially enhance the learning of our younger students, learning that will be sustained throughout their academic experience.”

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