No May Meeting of the CHTA

On May 15th, 2014, CHTA will NOT  be holding its monthly meeting in order that members and associates can attend an important Candidate’s forum at Beekmantown School.

As most of you know, May is School budget month in NYS and next week we will go to the polls to vote to approve or not to approve our school budgets.  Here in the North Country the school tax is the largest ad valorum tax you pay.  (For those of you who have a mortgage and pay your taxes in your mortgage payment, check it out.) It is also the only budget that voters directly vote on.   Therefore CHTA is encouraging everyone to:


your School District public hearing on the 2014-15 budget.  Many schools are holding hearings tomorrow, Tuesday , May 13 at 7:00 PM. (ie. Beekmantown’s is at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium.  Check with your school to be certain. ) Normally the public hearing presents the budget and allows the “public” to address the Board of Education with their concerns and questions.    It’s your moment to be heard.


any forum for meeting Board of Education candidates in your school district.  On Thursday, May 15th at 6:00 PM the Teacher’s Association will present 3 candidates for the Beekmantown Board of Education.  This forum will be held in the Middle School/High School Library.  This is your moment to meet the candidates, hear what they have to say in order to formulate you decision about which 2 you would like on your School Board.  The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will serve a 4-year term and the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will serve a 3-year term.  Remember, last year voters voted to limit terms to 3 years and this will be the first time a vote will result in a 3 year term.

The candidates are:

Pauline Stone

Kenneth Maurer, Sr.

Joseph Coakley

For Candidates forums in other school districts check with your School.


School budget voting and BOE elections will take place on Tuesday, May 20th, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Since the last crisis voting has fallen off considerably.  PLEASE VOTE.   Don’t let others make decisions for you.

FYI  The 2014-15 budget for BCS is $38,972,430.  For more details on the budget and for propositions visit: