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Gloversville, NY: School budget increase due to SPED

May 5, 2017, Gloversville (NY) Leader-Herald: Fonda-Fultonville set to vote on $28.2M budget http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2017/05/fonda-fultonville-set-to-vote-on-28-2m-budget/ On May 16 Fonda-Fultonville Central School District voters will decide on a $28.2 million proposed 2017-18 school budget that increases the district’s tax levy by 1.9 percent to $10.3 million, up $192,753 from the 2016-17 budget. … “There are costs that have increased this year that we’ve incorporated into this budget. We’ve actually added a new special education teacher to create a new life skills class for the district,”FFCSD Business Administrator Joseph Karas said. Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio said the life skills class created by the special education teacher will hopefully enable the district to save about $150,000 by bringing three alternative assessment students, who are all in the age-range of middle school to high school, back from placements in programs outside the district like those offered at HFM BOCES. Ciaccio said outside placements typically cost the district about $50,000 per student.