"We actually have an election this year," said the school board president. Five candidates will vie for three board seats in the May 19 election.

With just four board members voting 2 to 2, the budget wasn't adopted on Monday.

GUILDERLAND — An extra $1.4 million in state aid led school leaders here to recommend changes for next year’s budget — putting $740,000 into savings and adding roughly $374,000 in expenses — measures school board members largely supported in a workshop Tuesday night.

After two years of no tax hike, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board is divided on how much to raise taxes next year.

"Where there's a will, there's a way," the school board president, Barbara Fraterrigo said, instructing administrators to find someone to teach another sixth-grade Italian class.

Voorheesville's proposed $23 million budget is $334,000 greater than this year's budget, but officials are working blind while waiting for state aid figures to be released.

A set of shared services and consolidation plans have not realized the savings that were projected, leaving Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board members hoping for additional savings and revenue for next year's budget.

The town board will meet on Feb. 17 with the not-for-profit fire company, made up of volunteers, to discuss possible changes to their contract.

"We’re reaching into the metaphorical couch cushions, looking for change,” said the school superintendent of proposed cuts, after years of cutting, in next year's $93 million budget.

"At the end of the day, we've done the right thing for students," said Guilderland's business administrator as the district has used its fund balance to preserve programs, causing the comptroller to deem it "susceptible" to stress.


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