Superintendent Presents Proposed Budget; Second Year of No Cuts
At the March 22 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Hoffman presented a proposed spending plan for the upcoming year, a budget that not only requires no cuts to programs or staff, but expands programs and offerings for the second consecutive year.
The $56,173,142 proposed budget represents a 4.2 percent increase in spending and an estimated tax levy increase of 1.65 percent, which is at the district’s allowable tax levy limit calculated under the state’s tax cap guidelines.
Dr. Hoffman reviewed recommended changes for the 2016-17 school year as follows:
- Restore Art, Music, and PE for Kindergarten
- Create Program for Special Needs Students 18-21 with increase in 1.0 FTE teacher
- Expand program at Pre-K County Special Needs Program
- Restructure Instructional Coaching Team
- Increase Music by .5 FTE
- Offer eight additional elective courses at APHS
- Continue a district-level administrator for evaluation of teachers
- Restore assistant coaches in four sports
- Include Indoor Track in budget
Dr. Hoffman noted that without full restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has yet to be finalized until the state budget is approved, the district will have to use some of its fund balance to close the budget gap.
Dr. Hoffman also reviewed the Vehicle Proposition in which the district would purchase a dump/plow truck and eight buses to replace buses with high mileage and are too costly to maintain.
The proposed budget will go to the Board of Education for action at its April 5 meeting. The public is encouraged to attend the Budget Hearing on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Averill Park High School cafeteria. A newsletter containing details of the adopted spending plan will be mailed to all district residents on May 11, the day after the Budget Hearing as required by state law. The Budget Vote and Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Averill Park High School auxiliary gym.
Posted March 28, 2016