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Faced with reduced resources and a government reform agenda, Superintendent Marie Wiles wants school leaders, rather than outside pressures, to define Guilderland's future.

The year started with a financial audit that gave a poor picture of the town's records, but its summer was spent with a cordial picnic and stream-bank repair that brought volunteers together.

Administrators want to increase time for teachers to analyze data from their classrooms and create alternative education classrooms during the day and evenings.

Guilderland School Board members' backgrounds informed the recommendations they made for closing a $2.7 million budget gap for next year.

Supervisor Valerie Lounsbury said the town's preliminary 2014 spending plan is $703 under the state-set tax cap of 1.66 percent on increases to the levy.

At the Nov. 6 town board meeting, Knox authorized an agreement for 4G Long Term Evolution wireless communication service on its nearby tower used by Verizon and AT&T.

The town's attorney noted Town Law says the preliminary spending plan becomes the effective budget if the deadline to adopt a final version isn't met.

Voorheesville's mayor and village board plans to replace the Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service with re-trained volunteer firefighters. The retaliatory move would undermine the service without ensuring a viable replacement.

A report recommended projects deemed too costly for the district currently dealing with library repairs. Interim Business Official Mark Kellett reported adjusted 2013-14 tax rates.

The village would recoup about $8,000 into its general fund if the village court is dissolved.

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