On Tuesday, May 16, Averill Park CSD residents will consider a spending plan for the 2017-2018 school year that maintains programs for students and focuses on the changing needs of the District.

The $57,565,350 budget represents an increase $1,392,208, or 2.48 percent, from the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a tax levy increase of 2.94 percent, which meets the district’s legal limit under the state’s tax levy cap legislation.

Residents will also vote on a school bus and equipment purchase and elect two members to the Board of Education. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Averill Park High School auxiliary gym.

“The proposed budget recognizes the shifting needs of the district,” Superintendent Dr. James Hoffman said. “With a declining population at the secondary level, we are moving resources and staff to provide assistance to our elementary students. The needs of the district will be met in the coming year with this budget.”

The 2017-18 budget proposal includes some reductions due to enrollment and program changes, not budgetary cuts, and additions to meet district needs. Those changes are as follows:

• Eliminate 1.0 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) secondary physical education teacher that will be eliminated through a retirement
• Eliminate 0.5 FTE Languages Other Than English (LOTE) teacher
• Eliminate four (4) 1.0 FTE teaching assistant positions through a retirement, leave replacement and mid-year assignments created through additional grant funding
• Eliminate 1-2 teacher aide positions due to changing student needs
• Reduce instructional coaching FTE from 1.0 to 0.6

• Add two (2) 1.0 FTE special education teachers at the elementary level
• Add three (3) 1.0 FTE Academic Intervention teachers at the elementary level
• Add Chairperson for Special Education subcommittee stipends for the three elementary schools
• Add department chairperson stipends for K-12 and 6-12 departments (LOTE, Art, Music, Technology and Library Media)
• Increase clubs and activities stipends to provide advisors for 10 additional initiatives

The proposed budget continues to support programs restored in recent years, including full-day Kindergarten, expanded offerings at the high school and a second year of the AP Connections program—a school and work experience that supports special needs students ages 17-21 as they prepare to enter the workforce
once they leave the District.

The final state budget allocates $24,818,011 in State Aid to Averill Park for 2017-18—an increase of $638,618 over the current year.

Board of Education President Peter Schaefer added, “The Averill Park Board of Education overwhelmingly supports the 2017-18 budget proposal. Please come out to vote on May 16.”

Learn more about the budget and board candidates by visiting the Budget Corner.


Posted May 9, 2017