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Annual WVCS budget passed, board seats filled

WEST VALLEY — West Valley Central School Business Official Ann O’Brien gave a review of the WVCS budget components on May 21, including those that were addressed, during the last board meeting.

O’Brien said that her explanation was made up of three major components.

She first addressed the administrative element. “This includes expenses associated with the operation of the school board, superintendent’s office and business office,” she said. The administrative component also included salaries and benefits for other school administrators, who spend the majority of their time performing administrative duties.

The second area of explanation was the capital component. “This shall include debt service for all facility improvements financed by bonds and notes, court awards and judgments,” O’Brien said. It will also include costs for maintenance and operations of facilities, as well as associated salaries and benefits, service contracts, utilities and supplies.

In addition, the capital area will feature debt service for the purchase of buses.

The final component, which covered instruction, contained the salaries and benefits of teachers and any school administrators who spend the majority of their time performing teaching duties.

“All other expenses associated with the instructional programming also lie within this area,” O’Brien said. The transportation of students was also incorporated into this component.

In other board news:
– A proposition for the purchase of a 28-passenger bus was approved, during the May 21 vote.

– The public also voted to approve the $8,789,841 budget for 2013-14 by 201 – 88.

– Two board of education seats were filled. Brad Frank won against Stephen Kowalski. Teaseleman Jackson-McCarty ran unopposed. Each member will serve a five-year term.

– Meghan George-Baker was granted tenure in the field of science, for a period effective March 12. This motion was recommended by the superintendent.

– The elementary summer reading program will begin on July 8 and end Aug. 1. That will run from 9 – 11 a.m. on Mondays – Thursdays.

– The annual school district reorganizational meeting and a regular board of education meeting will be held on July 2 at 6:30 p.m., in the library conference room.

The next board of education meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in the WVCS library’s conference room.

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