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Ichabod Crane facing $1.2 million budget gap

Feb 23, 2012 12:02 am
Emilia Teasdale writes in the Columbia Paper about the Ichabod Crane Board of Education's discussion on how to resolve a projected $1.2 million budget gap for the 2012-13 school year. The board's recently held third budget forum focused on sports and extracurricular activities, but the topic shifted to state aid cuts and how the district should address the shortfall, Teasdale reported. Ichabod Crane is currently projecting a 3.25 percent tax levy increase for the coming year. Unlike other county districts, Ichabod Crane's state aid is expected to decrease, Superintendent Lee Bordick said. "It's not a problem of expenditures, it's a problem of revenues," Bordick said. Potential reductions were discussed, but no decisions were made. The board's next budget discussion on Feb. 28, will focus on Special Education. The board plans to approve its 2012-13 spending plan in early April. The annual budget and school board election is May 15. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.