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Letters to the Editor April 7

April 6, 2016

A big “yes” on the ECS budget

Let me be perfectly clear. I anticipate being fully in favor of the Eldred Central School District (ECS) budget when it is released at the April board meeting. I am aware of the surpluses that will be generated by the 2015-16 budget. I am familiar with the governor’s state aid proposal as it stands awaiting action by the legislature. As a homeowner I am happy to vote for a 1% tax increase (allowable under the tax cap) because the state will reimburse me in the fall. It is a good thing.

Apparently, after I left the March 10 Board meeting, (due to a health concern), a board member totally misconstrued my remarks. I want to set the record straight. I am impressed by the progress that ECS has made in the last year and a half as far as curriculum improvements. I am impressed by the use of surplus funds to improve facilities so money does not have to be borrowed.

I guess when the voters say “no” the administration can and will find another way to get the job done. I vote “yes!” I would like to see a very large positive turnout for this year’s budget as an affirmation of your approval with the way things have been turned around. Your votes over the past five years have been crucial. Last May your vote placed an energetic, hardworking, well spoken advocate for children on the board. I know we can do it again. It is a recipe for great success at ECS. I look forward to it.

Paul A. Clark Jr.
Barryville, NY