Muskegon Schools are now one step closer to major budget cuts

Muskegon Schools are now one step closer to major budget cuts

Arthur Lozier III was re-elected to his seat on the board.

REMSEN - The 2018-2019 school budget vote will be held on Tuesday from 1 p.m.to 8 p.m.in the elementary school cafeteria.

Voters in the Greater Johnstown School District, however, the only district in the region asking voters to exceed the district's tax cap this year, rejected that budget, which sought to lift the local tax levy by almost 5 percent and slashed spending on teachers, field trips, athletics and more.

Rye Neck, on the other hand, stays below the tax cap, and voters in the school district will have to decide whether or not to approve a $41.4 million budget, which is 3.13 percent more than the 2017-18 budget.

Portland city councilors voted Monday to cut roughly $1 million from the proposed school budget. The district's general fund, the spending approved by voters, now tops $194 million - a 4.3 percent increase over previous year.

District voters also approved the purchase of two, 65-passenger school buses, one wheelchair-accessible bus and two sedans for a cost not to exceed $379,156. Approximately 60 percent of the cost will be reimbursed through state transportation aid.

All of the additional propositions on the ballot were passed, including the replacement of school vehicles, support for the public library and the local recreation commission, the district said.

"We need to find some balance where we take into consideration our taxpayers' needs and the needs of the school department", City Councilor and finance committee member Nick Mavodones said after the committee vote.

The winning write-in candidate will serve a two-year term.

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"The vote is actually just to affirm that we can buy that property, using the money that we already have", Whitmoyer said. "So, we're going to try to get this moving as quickly as possible".

Robinson congratulated Rajotte and Pressly and said it was good to have the incumbents returned.

Rossi said the District saved about $200,000 on Building K, but bids for the play field at Las Juntas came $135,000 higher than estimated.

We will keep updating the results as they become available.

That includes a budget that will see Pittsford implement full-day kindergarten. Also approved, by a 206-46 vote, was the continuation of a student government representative as an ex-officio member of the Board of Education. He will resign his seat in June. There was one vacancy and one candidate, the district said.

"I'm looking to finding out who the third person is", he said. I know a couple of the candidates and they're great.

City Council plans to adopt guidelines to determine how much funding the city public school system receives each year, but the School Board has concerns with the proposal. "How do we engage the homes?"

There will also be a request forthcoming for a voter referendum of $50 million to build new schools, although the exact amount was not specified, according to school board attorney Grady Hunt.