Weekly Feature

2008-04-16 / Local News

Sweet Home adopts budget, names assistant superintendent

by DAVID F. SHERMAN Managing Editor

Baumann Baumann The Sweet Home Central School District Board of Education last week adopted a 2008-09 budget subject to voter approval in May.

The $62,599,511 budget represents an increase of 3.79 percent over the current year's spending plan. The hike represents an increase of 2.4 percent in the amount of money to be raised by taxes.

District Superintendent Geoff Hicks said he expects the district to benefit from a projected 1 percent increase in property tax assessments and to receive an additional $200,000 in BOCES aid.

The proposed budget would result in a reduction of $8.40 from the current year in the tax bill for an Amherst home assessed at $100,000 with the STAR exemption.

A similar home in the Town of Tonawanda would realize an increase of $12.20 under the same scenario.

"We estimate that tax rates will remain the same or decrease slightly, maintaining Sweet Home's status as the lowest full-value tax rate for Erie County homeowners," Hicks said.

Voters will also be asked to approve a separate proposition for six new school buses in the amount of $442,000.

The term of current School Board Member Scott Johnson will expire at the end of June. He will be challenged on the ballot by Debbie Adams and Irene Bailey.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

Also at the April 8 meeting, the board appointed Michael J. Baumann to the position of assistant superintendent for human resources and planning, effective July 1.

He will succeed Craig Allwes, who is retiring after a 37-year career in education.

Baumann holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canisius College and earned two master's degrees from Canisius: master of science in education, educational administration and supervision, and master of science in education, school counselor. He completed his administration certification in 1996 at Canisius.

Baumann was a school counselor at West Seneca West High school from 1989-98. He was an assistant principal at Sweet Home High School from 1998 to 2000.

He was named principal at Maryvale High School in 2000. He was principal at Frontier Central High School from 2002 to present.

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