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April 8, 2011 Budget Meeting

April 8, 2011


A budget meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:38 P.M. by Vice President T. Zellweger in the cafeteria on the above date.


Present: C. Jacot, B. Remington, H. Simmons, S. Wilson-8:25 P.M., W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

Absent: W. Remington and F. Wilhelm.

Others: L. Knowles, C. LaSala., J. Learned, A. Mitchell, K. Pullano, R. Rivezzi, T. Snell, and L. White.


Quorum of five established.


R. Rivezzi expressed concerns about the proposed teacher cuts in the Elementary school. She stated that she felt that the cuts could have long term negative effects, especially on those students in the early elementary grade levels. K. Pullano and T. Snell expressed their concerns with regard to the proposed 3:10 P.M. dismissal times for all students. They discussed the fact that the students would be gone from their homes for nine hours when the bus ride was figured into the school day. Questions were raised with regard to the Driver’s Education Program and new licensing laws for student drivers. T. Snell asked if there was a maximum school day length in NYS. Mr. Saiff stated that he would get that information and telephone Mrs. Snell with the data requested. Members of the audience thanked the Board of Education for the work that they have done in support of the school district.


The Board continued to review aspects of the 2011-2012 preliminary budget in relation to increased fixed costs and the state aid as outlined in the state budget.

Mr. Saiff also stated that ARRA Federal stimulus funding will not be available for the 2011-12 school year, presenting a funding “cliff” for New York State schools. He stated that the one time usage of the Education Jobs Fund Grant would help minimize the effects of that funding “cliff” for the 2011-2012 school year but would create a funding shortfall of it’s own moving in to the 2012-2013 budget year.

K. Pullano and T. Snell left meeting at 8:25 P.M.


Mr. Saiff and Carol LaSala discussed the district’s Appropriated Fund Balance with the Board, noting that the fund balance has been carefully managed and maintained over the years in an effort to offset shortfalls in state and federal funding. The Board of Education agreed to increase the appropriated fund balance to maintain programs and help mitigate a higher increase in the tax levy percentage.

No. 2011-171


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by C. Jacot to reduce staffing and programs for the 2011-12 school year as follows:

1.0 English Teacher

1.0 Elementary Computer Teacher

.5 Business Education Teacher

.5 Spanish Teacher

.5 High School Teacher Assistant

.1 Science Teacher

.5 PE/Health Teacher (Returned to BOCES Coser)

Junior Varsity Athletics

Field Trips

Double-Dismissal Bus runs on Monday-Thursday

7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-172

2011-2012 BUDGET

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to adopt the following Budget Resolution, reflecting a 4.9% tax increase:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, Towns of Parishville, Hopkinton, Stockholm, and Potsdam, County of St. Lawrence, be and is hereby authorized to expend $9,443,119.00 and to levy the necessary tax therefor.

7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-173


Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by C. Jacot to go into Executive Session at 8:46 P.M. to discuss personnel. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

L. Knowles, J. Learned, A. Mitchell, R. Rivezzi, and L. White left meeting at 8:46 P.M.

No. 2011-174


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 9:18 P.M. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


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