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Voters approve 2013-14 BKW budget 

On Tuesday, May 21, Berne-Knox-Westerlo district residents approved the district’s $21.5 million spending plan for the 2013-14 school year. A total of 660 people cast a ballot, with 437 voting "yes" and 177 voting "no."

The $21,533,800 budget carries a tax levy increase of zero percent, which is below the district’s “maximum allowable tax levy” of 3.56 percent under the state’s Tax Levy Limit legislation. Overall spending in the budget increased by 5.95 percent over the current year's budget.

In order to offset the local tax levy, the district is using $1,319,019 from the fund balance. There will no cuts to the current program. There will be an increase in BOCES services, including a 0.4 FTE librarian for the elementary school and a 0.1 FTE Mandarin Chinese teacher as part of a language pilot program.

Also on the ballot

Residents also passed the purchase of four new buses at a total cost of $331,812, with 419 yes votes and 162 no votes. The proposition includes the sale of four of the older buses in the district's fleet. (You can read more about this proposition here.)

Elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education beginning July 1, 2013 were Earl Barcomb with 417 votes and Joan Adriance with 404 votes. The third open seat on the Board of Education will be filled by Chasity McGivern who received 364 votes. McGivern will be serving until June 2014, which is the remaining term of Maureen Sikule, who resigned from the Board this April.