Majority of local school districts' budgets pass

By ANDREW DONOVAN

(WKTV) - The majority of local school budgets in the region passed Tuesday night. All with the exception of VVS and Worcester.

In the Whitesboro Central School District, voters approved a budget with an approximate 5.8% tax levy increase. According to Superintendent Dave Langone, the exact increase will be available in August when property values are assessed.

The numbers were close in Whitesboro, passing only 932-808. Cuts in Whitesboro include 26.5 job eliminations and the seventh grade foreign language program among some other athletic reductions.

In the Frankfort-Schuyler School District, it has been a controversial budget season with the closure of West Frankfort Elementary School. That was a final decision that did not appear on the ballot Tuesday.

Despite the controversy, the budget was approved 431-336. Even more significant, both Board incumbents, Joe Ciccone and Angela Service, were reelected.

In Herkimer, it was an interesting combination of results as the budget was passed but the bus purchase proposition was defeated.

Other school districts that passed include Rome, New Hartford and Clinton.

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