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Voters Pass Proposed 2011-2012 Budget for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD
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Voters Pass Proposed 2011-2012 Budget for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD

 The proposed 2011-2012 budget for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District has passed by a vote of 2,045 to 1,120.   Results reported by District Clerk Phyllis Puma show 2,045 voted “yes” for the proposed budget of $147,237,067 while 1,120 voted “no.” 

“We thank the community for their continued support of our schools.  Parents were passionate in their pleas to preserve programs, and we listened to them loud and clear when preparing this budget.  Families of our district are tightening their budgets, and so are we.  This year’s budget is actually lower than last year’s budget, and every single employee will see less money in their paycheck next year because of wage freezes or concessions,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.

The 2011-2012 budget cuts the District workforce by 73 positions.  Union concessions through voluntary wage freezes and givebacks, along with a wage freeze for non-represented workers, resulted in $1,159,027 savings to the District.  The significant savings allowed restorations to rigorous academic initiatives like the Gifted and Talented program, the Language Other Than English (LOTE) program, health courses, and the School Resource Officer (SRO) initiative.  The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme will begin at Kenmore West High School in the fall of next year, and Kenmore East High School has been approved to be an IB Diploma Programme candidate school

Jeff Rickan and Judy Frank ran unopposed for two vacant seats on the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education.  Their respective terms begin July 1st, 2011 and end June 30th, 2014.  There are 79 affidavit ballots that are scheduled to be counted by Monday May 23rd, 2011.  Frank received 2,455 “yes” votes while Rickan received 1,558 “yes” votes.

A second proposition to purchase three (3), 66-passenger buses at an estimated cost of $103,760, five (5) 29-passenger buses at an estimated cost of $62,410 each, and two (2) wheelchair buses at an estimated cost of $75,300 each, passed by a 1,765 to 1,392 vote.

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