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Bronxville Schools Budget Holding Steady

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — Budget discussions for the Bronxville Board of Education will continue Thursday night. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Bronxville School's Multi-Purpose Room, 177 Pondfield Road.

So far, the proposed budget for the Bronxville School District continues to hold steady, with a 1.5 percent tax hike and no loss of staff or services, said Assistant Superintendent of Business Dan Carlin.

"The original budget was $44,441,945, but the board has taken my suggestion, made at the last meeting on March 3, to make $150,000 in reductions, dropping it down to $44,291,945," Carlin said.

The cuts came from two budget lines; $50,000 from the special-education line that the district did not use last year, but had in reserve.

The second cut of $100,000 was saved because fewer students who live in the Bronxville School District are attending private schools within 15 miles of the district, such as Horace Mann or Fieldston, both in Riverdale.

Carlin explained that school districts are required by the state to pay for transportation for those students who attend private schools outside of the district, but the state does not mandate how transportation should be provided.

"The board will continue to discuss how to provide transportation for those students," Carlin said. "Right now, we have buses for those students."

Because state law mandates transportation, but not a method or mode of transportation, school districts potentially have the option to provide vouchers for public transportation in lieu of buses.

The board is expected to vote to adopt the final version of the budget on April 15. The public gets to vote on the budget on May 15.

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