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S-GI School Board reviews budget proposals

SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute Superintendent Paul Connelly and Business Administrator Ted Welch presented their 2013-14 public budget hearing to the S-GI Board of Education members, at the May 14 meeting.

Connelly and Welch gave a presentation that included a plan forecasting their budget goals, for the next three school years.

According to that presentation, the 2013-14 budget plan is to “maintain status quo.”

For the next school year, the budget plan is to integrate a “significant reliance on community conversation,” according to Connelly. He noted that, in the past, those talks have helped influence prospective budgets.

Another budget goal, for 2013-14, is to maintain or improve budget reserves and potentially explore district-wide reorganization.

Connelly also noted that, for the 2014-15 school year, the budget plan is to “re-evaluate and adjust, on fiscal stability.”

Connelly and Welch presented exact numbers that compared the 2012-13 budgets with the budget plan for 2013-14, including differences between figures for the two years.

The proposed budget for 2013-14 is $34,910,952, with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.01 percent, which would represent an increase of $1.42, per month, on a $100,000 home. The tax levy cap stands at 5.1 percent.

Expenditures have increased from $33,889,410 in 2012-13 to $34,910,952 for a difference of $1,021,542, although expenditures have decreased on board of education, administration and supervision, transportation and budget transfers lines. Expenditures have increased in the areas of teaching regular schools, special schools, student service programs, employee benefits and debt services.

Revenues have also increased, by $1,021,543, to $34,910,953 from $33,889,410 in 2012 – 2103. New York state aid has increased by $598,092, and represents the largest, line item increase since 2012 – 13.

The public vote on the school budget will be held Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., at the Springville High School Library Media Center, Colden Elementary School and the Collins Center Fire Hall.

In other board news:

– The board approved the addendum to the agenda, including additions to the consensus and non-consensus items.

– The board nominated Linda Hoffman for New York State School Board Association Area 1 Director.

– The audit committee will meet on May 28 at 6 p.m. and members will report back on their activity, at the next board meeting.

– The board voted unanimously to approve the audit report dated April 8, 2013.

– The March 2013 treasurer’s report was resolved.

– The transportation contract bid for transportation of a student to and from Aspire of Western New York, from May 17 – approximately June 21, costing $473 per day, was approved.

– All consensus items were approved, by the board.

– The board resolved and approved the Annual Professional Performance Review that was updated on Oct. 5, 2012 and approved by the New York State Education Department on Jan. 11.

The next school board meeting was scheduled for May 28 at 7 p.m. at the high school library and media center, located at 290 North Buffalo St. in Springville.

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