2012 Budget Vote Exit Survey
Voters were asked to fill out an exit survey after voting May 15th. Results of that survey are available here.
Averill Park School Budget Results
The Averill Park School Budget Passed and Chris Foster and Jessica Zweig were elected to the Board of Education. The numbers are below:
Board of Education Vote:
Chris Foster- 2616 -Winner
Stuart Nippes- 1764
Jessica Zweig- 2612-Winner
Thank you to all that came to vote!
Understanding New York's Property Tax Cap
The AverillParkCentralSchool District has begun the process of creating a proposed spending plan for the 2012-13 school year. While the budget process timeline will remain largely the same, school officials will have a dramatic change in their budget development process this year in the form of New YorkState's Property Tax Cap.
Contacting our Elected Officials Regarding our School District
The Governor is proposing a third “One Time” Gap Elimination Assessment (GEA) to our school district. The proposed assessment for the upcoming school year is $4 million for a total of $11 million. This means our state aid revenue will be reduced by $4 million or a loss of almost 20%.
To be responsible fiscal stewards, the district has made the cuts and consolidations as well as have used up our reserves – as Albany has called for. We are in good standing with the State Education Department and spend money per pupil wisely.
Attention needs to be focused on Albany to provide support to districts that are doing the right thing. The community has felt the impact of the first two years of the GEA. Coupled with the Tax Levy Cap this reduction in revenue will have a devastating impact on the program currently provided to our children.
The State budget will be finalized in mid March so our voices need to be heard now. We need to ask for mandate relief and the removal once and for all of the GEA.
Please contact our state legislators to ask their assistance. Contact information and sample letters can be Elected Officials.
Averill Park Holds First Community Budget Forum, Next Forum March 8th
The first in a series of budget forums was held on Wednesday February 8, 2012 in the High School Cafeteria. Presentations were given by Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Ouimet and Superintendent Michael Marcelle regarding the budget situation in the AverillParkCentralSchool District. About 80 members of the community attended this forum. After the presentations were made (which are posted below) the community members were asked to get into groups and answer a series of three questions. The information captured that evening is posted here. The information collected will be reviewed by the Board of Education to help them in decision making for the upcoming budget. Items captured from February 8th will be discussed at the next budget forum on March 8th.
Community Fund Raising for Athletics
The AverillParkCentralSchool District had to make many difficult decisions in preparing the 2011-2012 school budget. Reductions were made in staffing, programs and services throughout all district buildings and within each educational level.
The athletic department saw the elimination of all freshman sports, indoor track and several assistant coaches. These sports and assistant coaching positions can only be considered for reinstatement pending the availability funds, to be raised through community fundraising efforts.
(Presentation given at the BOE meeting on Tuesday December 13)