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Springville-GI three-year budget outlook and prediction of deficit figures

SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute District Superintendent Dr. Paul Connelly and School Business Administrator Ted Welch presented the directed budget to board members, during the S-GI Board meeting held March 12.

The proposal included a three-year plan, rather than a one-year idea. Connelly and Welch proposed maintaining the status quo of the current year and maintaining or improving reserves, for next year.

From 2014 – 2015, adjustments based on fiscal stability will be made. During these same years, the teachers retirement system projects a “scary increase,” according to Welch.

The TRS issued a bulletin from February that said that the “employee contribution rate, applicable to your 2012– 13 payroll, will be 11.84 percent.” These funds will be collected in the fall of 2013 and will correspond to NYSTRS member salaries for the 2012 – 13 school year.

The 2012 – 13 tax levy was set at 3.79 percent and the board adoption began at 2.39 percent, at a difference of approximately $200,000. According to Welch, in order to maintain the status quo, a tax levy of $921,248, or 6.33 percent, would be required.

“Since 2007 – 08, the levy had experienced an average of less than 0.7 percent,” Welch said. “Had this average been 2.5 percent, S-GI would have had $1.279 million of extra revenue.”

The audit corrective action plan was not approved by all board members. This audit was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, according to Welch.

After the plan was discussed, it was withdrawn and will be revised and discussed, at the next meeting.

In other matters:

– Five district buildings have been Energy Star certified. In a letter directed to Connelly, Welch said, “S-GI has saved more than $501,965. We have literally cut our energy consumption by 27.65 percent. We expect these savings to grow, as we further refine our program.”

– The treasurer’s report and claims audit report from January and February, were approved.

– The board also approved the budget transfer for the fiscal year 2012 – 2013.

– The board approved the placement of special education students.

– Fundraising activities, including a sponsored talent show, umbrella sale and Students for Human Rights Penny Drive to aid girls’ education in Afghanistan, were approved.

– High school special education teacher April Poch’s resignation was accepted, effective June 21.

– Jessica Connors was appointed as a non-teaching personnel. Her employment is effective March 13.

– An updated resolution authorizing the use of school buses and related equipment for use with district transportation was approved. This is inclusive of six passenger buses and one suburban vehicle.

– Connelly nominated Anita Ray and Joanne Martin as Erie 2 BOCES Board member candidates.

– New board policy readings included the following: executive sessions, smoking/tobacco use and the district wellness policy.

The next Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education meeting will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. A Principal’s Advisory Council meeting will take place on March 21 at 11:55 a.m.
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