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Mount Pleasant Schools Set To Present Upcoming Budget

The Mount Pleasant Central School District will present an overview of its budget for the upcoming school year on Wednesday.
The Mount Pleasant Central School District will present an overview of its budget for the upcoming school year on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

THORNWOOD, N.Y. - With major cuts on the horizon, the Mount Pleasant Central School District is set to introduce it budget for the upcoming school year at this week's board of education meeting.

The board will give a budget overview presentation highlighted by the non-instructional portion of the budget at Wednesday night's meeting.

Previously, Superintendent Susan Guiney said that the district would need to cut somewhere between $1.5 to $2 million in order for the budget to be within the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap. If the Mount Pleasant Central School District kept its budget from this current school year for next year, the tax levy increase would be 5.5 percent and would raise taxes for the average household by about $378 for the year.

Guiney added that eliminating the jobs of staff members in the district may be inevitable.

"Every year it gets more and more difficult," Guiney said in a January interview in regards to the budget. "This year, if we were to meet the cap, there's no way we could do so without reducing positions."

A citizen's budget committee for the district has also discussed other reduction options such as eliminating kindergarten, increasing class sizes at the elementary school level and reducing transportation services among others.

Wednesday's meeting will take place in the Westlake campus library and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and will have the opportunity for comments and questions. The instructional portion of the district budget will be made at a special public meeting on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the same location.

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