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Superintendent's Views 3/31/11

TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE HADLEY-LUZERNE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a Public Hearing on the proposed 2011-2012 Budget for the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District shall be held in the Middle School Large Instructional Room of the Hadley-Luzerne Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, 27 Hyland Drive Lake Luzerne, New York, on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., prevailing time. Copies of the budget will be available for review commencing on May 3, 2011 at the District Office, School Business Office and the main office of each school building between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the annual meeting of the qualified voters of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m., prevailing time, in the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, 27 Hyland Drive, Lake Luzerne, New York, at which time the polls will be opened to voting by machine or ballot on the following items:

1. To adopt the annual budget of the Hadley Luzerne Central School District for the fiscal year 2011-2012 and to authorize the requisite portion therefore to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District.

2. To elect one (1) member to the Board of Education to a three (3) year term, commencing on July 1, 2011 and expiring on June 30, 2014.

3. To adopt the following propositions:

PROPOSITION I –TWO SCHOOL BUSES

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education is hereby authorized to acquire two (2) 66 passenger school buses at a maximum estimated cost of approximately $215,000 and to expend such sum for such purpose and to levy the necessary tax therefore taking into account state aid received, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education and in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $215,000 and to levy a tax to pay the interest on such obligations when due.

PROPOSITION II – ONE MINIVAN

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education is hereby authorized to acquire one (1) minivan at a maximum estimated cost of approximately $25,000 and to expend such sum for such purpose and to levy the necessary tax therefore taking into account state aid received, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education and in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $25,000 and to levy a tax to pay the interest on such obligations when due.

PROPOSITION III – STUDENT TRANSPORTATION DISTANCE Vote for any ONE of the following:

Transport All Students

Shall the Board of Education be authorized to provide transportation to all students in grades Kindergarten through twelve and up to maximum of twenty (20) miles for all students, to and from the school they legally attend, and reserve the right to establish bus stops / pick up points, effective for the 2011-2012 school year, with the potential of no additional cost, up to a maximum cost of $35,000 to the District?

-OR-

One Half Mile

Shall the Board of Education be authorized to provide transportation to students within the District within the following mileage limits: for secondary students (grades 9 through 12) more than one half (.5) mile, for elementary and middle students (grades K through Eight) more than one half (.5) mile, and up to maximum of twenty (20) miles for all students, to and from the school they legally attend, and reserve the right to establish bus stops / pick up points, effective for the 2011-2012 school year, with the potential of no additional cost, up to a maximum cost of $35,000 to the District?

4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting pursuant to the Education Law of the State of New York.

The election and budget vote shall be by machine or absentee ballot. The hours during which the polls shall be kept open shall be from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. prevailing time or for as long thereafter as necessary to enable qualified voters who are in the polling place at 8:00 p.m. to cast their ballots.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the School District’s budget for the 2011-2012 school year, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any resident of the District during business hours beginning Thursday May 3, 2011 at the School Business Office and the Main Office of each school building between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing. Copies shall also be available at the Annual District Election.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that petitions nominating a candidate for the office of member of the Board of Education to fill one (1) expired term of three years, must be filed with the District Clerk at the District Clerk’s office, not later than April 18, 2011 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each petition must be directed to the District Clerk, must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District or 2% of the registered voters of the District who voted in the previous annual election, whichever is greater and must state the name and residence of the candidate that shall fill the vacancy “At Large”. A copy of such petition may be obtained at the Office of District Clerk during regular school hours.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, applications for absentee ballots for election of Board Members and voting on the budget and propositions may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Completed applications for absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 2011. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in said office of the District Clerk at the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., prevailing time. Any qualified voter may challenge the acceptance of the ballot of any person on such list, by making his/her challenge and reasons therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS GIVEN, that personal registration of voters is required either pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law or pursuant to Article 5 of the Election Law. If a voter has already registered pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law and has voted at an annual or special district meeting within the last four (4) calendar years, he or she is eligible to vote at this election; if a voter is registered and eligible to vote under Article 5 of the Election Law, he or she is also eligible to vote at this election. All other persons who wish to vote must register. Personal registration for all qualified voters of the District pursuant to Education Law shall occur at the District Office, Stuart M. Townsend Middle School during business hours of the school, but no later than May 12, 2011, at which time any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed on the Register, provided that during such registration, the prospective voter is known or proven to the satisfaction of the District to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at such election for which the register is prepared.  Please take further notice that the register prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law shall be filed in the Office of the District Clerk; that such register shall be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the District, on each of five days prior to the day of the election, except Sunday, May 14, 2011, and that the hours during which such register shall be open for inspection shall be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., prevailing Time.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law of the State of New York, the Board of Registration will meet during the annual meeting, at the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School in the Town of Lake Luzerne, Warren County, New York, to prepare the Register of the School District to be used at any special district meetings that may be held after the preparation of said Register, or placed on such Register provided that at such meeting of said Board of Registration he/she is known or proven to the satisfaction of such Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election for which said Register is prepared, or any special district meeting held after May 17, 2011.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with Sections 2035 and 2008 of the Education law, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said vote and election, must be filed with the Board of Education at the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District on or before April 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., prevailing time; must be typed or printed in the English language; must be directed to the Clerk of the School District; must be signed by twenty-five (25) qualified voters, or 5% of the registered voters of the District who voted in the previous annual election of Board members, whichever is greater; and must state the name and residence of each signer. However, the School Board will not entertain or place before the voters any proposition if its purpose is beyond the power of the voters or is illegal, or any proposition requiring the expenditure of moneys which fails to include specific appropriations for all such expenditures required by the proposition.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

The District has provided temporary transportation to the middle school for students living within that ineligibility zone who chose to walk to the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School. This temporary transportation was provided to minimize any danger to students created by snow banks on Hyland Drive. At this point the snow banks have retreated substantially and those students availing themselves of this service will need to resume providing their own transportation effective Monday, April 11, 20ll.

We recommend students make use of the right of way through Kiernan Drive, when walking to the middle school campus in-order to avoid any conflicts with the heavy traffic on Hyland Drive

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