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Board unanimously approves budget proposal for 2011-12

Budget vote set for May 17

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 12, 2011) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to approve a $206.5 million budget proposal for the 2011-12 school year.

 

The plan includes a 1.7 percent tax-levy increase and the loss of 91 jobs. However, the district remains hopeful that ongoing labor negotiations will reduce both the tax-levy increase and the job cuts. The district used $9.3 million from its fund balance to help offset a deficit of more than $10 million.

 

If voters approve the plan May 17, the budget will support the vast majority of high-quality programs and services the district currently provides. Programmatic reductions include starting foreign language in seventh grade instead of sixth and the elimination of electives at Albany High School that have low enrollment.

 

"This is a budget proposal that our students need and deserve, and that also takes into account our entire community in these difficult economic times," said Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.

 

You can read more about the plan in Wednesday's Times Union. Check out the 2011-12 Budget News section for additional details.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves approximately 8,500 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.

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