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Huntington adopts revised $109M school budget

The Huntington school board has adopted a revised budget of $109,037,301 for 2011-12 that comes with a 3.15 percent property tax increase and the loss of 96.4 instructional and noninstructional jobs.

At its Monday night meeting, the board voted 6-1 to adopt the budget that carries a 0.23 percent increase over the current budget of $108,786,539. Board member Elizabeth Black voted no.

Several programs, such as Saturday Academy, an academic support program, and nine staff positions were restored after district officials decided to recalculate the property tax increase and add back in programs after the restoration of some state aid.

The adopted budget also restores one psychologist and allows for the purchase of 128 notebook computers for the district’s primary schools.

The district also was able to save about $60,000 in unemployment costs by restoring kindergarten aides and psychologist positions. The budget includes a salary of $200,000 for the incoming superintendent, less than the $266,629 currently paid to Superintendent John Finello, whose contract ends June 30.

Some cuts proposed earlier remain: full-day kindergarten was slashed to half-day, the boys varsity volleyball team is gone, and the high school marching band will be only partially funded.

The public votes on the budget May 17.

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