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Chatham schools propose budget for voters

Apr 12, 2023 12:56 am

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Chatham School District Board of Education is proposing a $34,372,292 budget for the 2023-24 school year with a 1.98 percent school tax increase for voters to consider in May. The budget spends $754,191 more than last year, a 2.23 percent increase. The proposed budget eliminates one kindergarten teaching position, the school says because of decreased enrollment. And they are also cutting one vendor that provides part-time speech-pathologist services. But the proposed budget adds a full-time speech pathologist position at the elementary school, a kindergarten through fifth-grade literacy coach position, and more support for academic intervention services at Chatham Middle School. Voters will decide on the budget from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 16 at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gym. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.