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Interim Superintendent's Views 4/26/12


The Hadley-Luzerne Board of Education and administrative team have developed the proposed 2012-13 budget, providing our students a quality educational program while addressing the requirements of the new tax levy regulations. We have constructed a “zero based budget” with expenditures necessary to support our students’ educational programs and the responsibility to maintain the committed fund balance. The lengthy budget planning process has enabled us to maintain essential programs despite increasing requirements to fund numerous state and federal “unfunded mandates.” We are committed to collaborate with BOCES and other school districts to continue sharing services including consolidated bus runs, sharing of teachers, a cafeteria supervisor, a business manager, and a combined athletic team. The proposed budget expenditures have increased 1.25% with the estimated tax levy increasing 2.778%.  Please note: the estimated tax levy is the legally allowable amount under the new tax levy cap regulations. The proposed budget still provides for increasing technology in the classroom, continuation of our successful Pre-K program, and focuses upon the goals of the H-L Strategic Action Plan. We will begin our third year of the Extended School Day Program through a grant obtained in the amount of $850,000 for all grade 3-8 students. The High School will continue offering clubs, interscholastic sports, and college credit bearing courses in order to prepare our graduates for the 21st Century.

For clarification, the Property Tax Levy Cap Legislation does not state that property taxes cannot be increased by more than two percent. The legislation defines an Allowable Tax Levy Limit that can be approved by a simple majority (50% +1 vote). Any proposed levy increase over that limit requires ballot disclosure and a 60% super-majority voter approval.

The levy limit is calculated by an eight step formula, and includes an allowance for any increase in assessed values resulting from new construction, and exclusions for voter approved capital project debt service, increases in pension costs above certain limits, and other specific items. Additional information can be found at

localgov/realprop/index.htm. The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District 2012-13 Proposed Budget is at the allowable

tax levy limit, therefore, only a simple majority of voters will need to approve the budget for implementation. We appreciate the interest you take in the education of our children. Please remember to vote on May 15TH at the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School Large Group Instruction room.  The Budget Notice will be received by all district residents during the first week of May.


The Annual Budget Vote and Election will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, LGI room, 27 Hyland Drive in Lake Luzerne from NOON to 8:00 PM.  For more information or to apply for an absentee ballot, please call the District Clerk at 696-2378 x108 or email



April – “Acceptance”

Pre K – Isabelle Cook, Sarah Starzec

Kindergarten – Jacob Blachut, Alec Boyer, Matthew Harder, Riley Kathan, Ryleigh LaFountain, Sid Mosher, Savannah O’Brien, Saiyuri Tillmon

First Grade – Tanner Barton, Hannah Gilbert, Colby Hanna, Kameryn McFarlane, Tyler Plummer, Raven Swift, Christian Tyler

Second Grade – Devin Allen, Justin Eddy, James Elmore, Julia Murray, Olivia O’Brien, Jayden Taylor, Imajin Ward, Cody Wilson



Pre-K:  Gavin Wood; Kindergarten:  Randi Allen

First Grade:  Heather Gratton; Second Grade:  Julia Murray



Come one come all to the SMTMS Spring Art Show!

Entire 3-8 grade student body exhibiting artwork!

Painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, prints, and collages!

An Opening Reception is scheduled for Tuesday May 8th, 6 – 7 pm, in the Middle School LGI with Guitar music by Jim Skaradosky.  Juice and cookies will be served.  The student

Artwork will be on display at the MS from May 8th through May 31st.



You can now purchase your yearbook on-line at or order at any school building office!  For further information please call 696-2112 x116.



For the first time ever! The HL Yearbook Club will be selling H-L MEMORY BOOKS!  Memory Books will feature HLCS students in Grades Pre-K – 2.  Portraits, Activities, Events and Every Day Life of our PK-2 Students. What a great Memory Keeper!  Memory Books cost only $20.00 including tax and can be purchased in the H-L Yearbook room at the high school or in the elementary office. For more info please call 696-2112 X 116.  Elementary students will not be in our regular yearbook. They will be proudly displayed in the Memory Book only

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