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Niskayuna BOE approves budget, 2.34% tax levy increase

NISKAYUNA -- The Niskayuna Central Board of Education unanimously approved a $77.3 million 2014-2015 budget Tuesday night that stays under the states tax cap.

Taxpayers will be asked to pay 2.34 percent more next year to maintain all current programs. The district also plans to restore some programs such as freshman athletics and an additional day of late buses for high school and middle school students.

Early in the process, Superintendent Mary Kay Salvaggio proposed a budget that would have closed Birchwood Elementary school however the board said it did not want to close a school. Additional savings were later achieved through cuts outside of the classroom.

Last week, Salvaggio submitted her resignation to the district. A joint statement from the board and Salvaggio cited philosophical differences.

Salvaggio was not at Tuesdays meeting when the budget was adopted. The board said she was on vacation.

Her last day is April 15. As part of her severance resignation, she will receive $139,000 and health insurance coverage.

Taxpayers will vote on the budget May 20.

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