By CAROLINE MURRAY
NORTHVILLE -- The Northville Central School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss the next step in establishing a budget for the 2014-15 school year, after it was rejected by voters last week.
Outgoing Superintendent Debra Lynker said the board of education has three options: It can either put forth the same budget, adopt a contingency budget, or put a revised budget before the voters.
Lynker already met with business administrator Bruce Ellsworth to discuss the three possibilities, but said the decision rests in the board's hands.
"We have to talk to the board," Lynker said. "It is the board's decision."
In Fulton and Montgomery counties, Northville was the only school district to have its spending plan fail.
The district was five votes short of passing a $10,557,162 spending plan, which exceeded the state-imposed property tax cap. It needed a super-majority of 60 percent to pass. The tally reported by district officials was 225 yes, 179 no.
At Thursday's meeting, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., Lynker and Ellsworth, will make suggestions to the board.
Out of the three choices, Lynker said she recommends putting forth the same budget because of last week's near approval.
She said residents have approached her admitting they simply forgot to vote.
However, Lynker was hesitant to say whether or not it would pass a second time around.
"You never know ... I did not think that we would not get 60 percent, so ..." Lynker said.
If the board decides to adopt a contingency budget, it will not require a public vote.
Lynker said if they put forth a budget -- either same or revised -- and it fails, the district automatically defaults to adopting the contingency budget.
If the board chooses to either go forward with the same budget, or a revised version of the plan, Lynker said another budget hearing will be held June 9.
At the hearing, Lynker will also recite a state of the district address that outlines the path of the district over the past two years during her residency as interim superintendent.
Lynker said she is leaving the district at the end of June, and newly-selected superintendent, Leslie Ford, will take over.
At the hearing, Lynker said Ford will talk about her plans for Northville's future.
"Between that and the budget presentation, it will be an interesting meeting," Lynker said.
Northville community members voted against merging with Mayfield Central School District in January.
Lynker said community members made comments afterward that lead her to believe the budget was going to pass.
"So many people after the merger vote said they were looking to support the school, and if they were going to pay more taxes, they would stay independent," Lynker said. "I thought [the budget] was very responsible and it didn't pass."