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Dundee adopts budget: Up 6.3 percent

DUNDEE—The $13,848,854 Dundee Central School District budget for 2010-11 contains a 6.3 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax levy increase for the 2008-09 school year was 3.3 percent. District Business Administrator Melissa Lawson said the increase is due to a loss of state aid.
At the April 8 board of education meeting, board president Joseph Capurso reviewed cuts and items retained during the last meeting, telling the board the budget had to be adopted during this meeting. The lone item cut from the budget as presented April 8 was uniforms for varsity sports teams, a savings of approximately $5,000. There will be a public hearing on the budget and Meet the Candidates May 4 at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room.
In other business: The board of education authorized entering into a Contract for Educational Services with the Dundee Library in the amount of $49,500 and to levy the necessary tax for the purpose.
• Appointed Melissa Lawson to the tenure position of School Business Administrator, effective March 5.
• Heard a K-12 Literacy update from Mary Beth Smith and Abi Buddington.
• Capurso congratulated the Mega Scots for April including Simone Slavick, Briana Taft, Mackenzie Prior and Megan Wojcinski.
• Capurso announced the Dundee Winter Percussion group was named the second best drum line in their class in all of New York State at the New York State Percussion Championships. They were narrowly edged out of the first place by Midlakes and defeated Waterloo, Batavia, Liverpool and Phoenix. Special awards went to Britni Forman, Ane Shoemaker, Spencer Deane, James Deane and John Jayne, being named the “Best Bass Drum Line in New York State.” Tessa Fowler, Loren Marusarz, Morgan Jensen, Chris Case, Ashley Kelly and Bobby Sprague were named the “Best Cymbal Line in New York State.” Capurso thanked Jake Wilmott, Britni Forman, Ane Shoemaker, Matt Tarlach and Lou Marchionda for being amazing Seniors.
• DCS students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy were congratulated by Capurso for their exceptional presentations to the investors panel.
• Accepted the resignation of Kristin Bellin, School Media Specialist, for retirement reasons, effective June 30.
The next regular meeting of the board of education will be May 13 at at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room.

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