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March 14, 2016 Board of Education Special Budget Meeting Minutes



March 14, 2016




A special budget meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 6:33 P.M. by President W. Remington in the Conference Room on the above date.




Present: J. McGill, B. Remington, W. Remington, H. Simmons, R. White, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.


Absent: D. Taylor, W. Witherell.


Others: S. Hartson, M. Robinson




Quorum of five established.








Mr. Saiff shared with the Board that both the Senate and Assembly are asking for total eradication of the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Mr. Saiff noted both the Senate and Assembly are also asking for an increase in foundation aid of up to more than three times what the Governor is proposing. Mr. Saiff provided handouts to Board Members indicating proposals by the Senate, Assembly, and Governor. Increases in General Purpose Aid was indicated in the Governor’s proposal. Mr. Saiff explained this was “new money” that the District could use. Mr. Saiff also shared numbers with the Board pertaining to Foundation Aid, Expense-Based Aid, and other aids. Mr. Saiff stated the figures provided for Universal Pre-Kindergarten were a best-case scenario, as that program is not fully enrolled in the coming school year. B. Remington asked what in the community was happening that the District is not filling the enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten. Mr. Saiff responded that that particular number of students in that age group simply does not exist.


Mr. Saiff distributed a copy of the budget that Board Members were provided with at the last Budget meeting. He noted in that proposal, Line 1001 – Real Property Taxes – takes into account a reduction applied from the District’s fund balance. Mr. Saiff stated the District applied over one million dollars from fund balance in the 2015-2016 school year. He proposed applying nine hundred thousand dollars from the fund balance in the 2016-2017 school year, thus reducing the District’s reliance on savings.


Mr. Saiff asked Board Members to prioritize cuts in the 2016-2017 school budget. He suggested eliminating BOCES equipment and the P-Tech program, and perhaps a school bus purchase. W. Remington asked about the line on one of the handouts regarding Athletics. Mr. Saiff said that figure was a total for the entire Athletic department – coaches, officials, uniforms, etc. R. White stated he would prefer to not cut teaching positions. Mr. Saiff noted the District could not cut back in transportation, as the District reduced one bus run on the 2015-2016 school year.




H. Simmons arrived at the meeting at 6:56 P.M.




A suggestion was to eliminate the District’s Dishwasher and use disposable plates. T. Zellweger proposed cutting Drivers’ Education and Athletics before cutting academic programs. He noted the District’s primary mission is to educate students. W. Remington was not in favor of eliminating Drivers’ Education. Moving teachers around in the Science Department was considered, as was reducing a section of Kindergarten as there may be only 20 students in that grade next year.


Special Education Lines in the budget were discussed. A number of students have special needs services that are required. Mr. Saiff noted that amount increased by $400,000 from 2015-2016.


The Board agreed to wait until April 4th, after the State Budget was released. Mr. Saiff was granted permission to distribute letters of notification of possible cuts between March 29th and March 31st. It was noted that the purchase of a school bus provides some flexibility, as a tax levy of 3.17% is within the cap.




The Board received preliminary budget figures and a list of upcoming events of interest.



No. 2016-143


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to adjourn at 7:27 P.M. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.








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