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Schalmont to vote
on $42M budget

    ROTTERDAM — Schalmont Central School District voters will decide Tuesday on a $41.7 million budget that keeps the tax rate unchanged.
    The district saved about $1.3 million by closing the Mariaville and Woestina elementary schools and cutting 24 full-time equivalent positions including 10 teachers, 11 support staff and three administrator.
    Also on the ballot is a proposition to purchase three buses at a cost of $315,000. Kelsey said the additional buses are necessary because of the closure of the two elementary schools.
    Voting will take place from 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the foyer of the Schalmont High School new gym.
    Three people are seeking two open seats on the Schalmont Board of Education. Incumbent Carl Strang is not running again after serving three terms.
    Board President Kevin Thompson is seeking re-election to a third term. Thompson said he wants to continue the fiscal discipline of the last few years. “We’ve done an excellent job of being responsible to the taxpayers in the district without significantly diminishing the programs or offerings to the students,” he said.
    Thompson said he wants to make sure that the district continues to prepare college-ready students. He serves as chief fi nancial offi cer for Quandt Food Service Distributors Inc.
    John DiCocco, a contract manager at General Electric, is also seeking a seat. DiCocco ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on a platform of fi scal responsibility. He said he is similarly looking this year to control school costs. He has served on the Budget Advisory Committee for the last three years and formerly as a Cub Scout pack master.
    Michael Pasquarella, a clinical pharmacy manager with Ellis Medicine, is also seeking his fi rst term. He said he served on the Schalmont budget advisory committee and wants to look at creative ways to preserve programs while being fi scally responsible.
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