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March 31, 2014 Board of Education Special Budget Meeting Minutes

 

March 31, 2014

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

A special budget meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by President W. Remington in the conference room on the above date.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: B. Remington, W. Remington, H. Simmons, D. Taylor, R. White, F. Wilhelm, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

 

Absent: None.

 

Others: S. Dosztan, S. Hartson, M. Robinson, and R. Stewart.

 

 

QUORUM

Quorum of five established.

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC & PRESS

None.

 

 

No. 2014-166

MINUTES

 

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Minutes of the March 10, 2014, special budget meeting, as typed and delivered to Board Members. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-167

UNUSED WEATHER/ EMERGENCY DAYS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by T. Zellweger to apply one of two unused weather/emergency days as one full day of no school on Friday, May 23rd, 2014, if two days are not needed for actual weather or other emergency closings. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-168

Interim Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation/

J. Reed

Mr. Saiff noted Andrew Taylor officially retires May 1st. Five candidates will be interviewed for Mr. Taylor’s position on April 4, 2014. Mr. Saiff proposed that in the interim the District’s lead custodian, John Reed, assume A. Taylor’s role. Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to appoint John Reed as Interim Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

(J. Reed will be paid at a per diem rate based on a salary of $47,000.00.)

 

 

2014-2015

BUDGET WORK

The Board of Education reviewed final budget figures showing a spending plan of $10,446,117 with a corresponding estimated tax levy of 4.44% based on the Governor’s proposal. Mr. Saiff shared figures affected by aide and areas affected by cuts.

 

Mr. Saiff stated that he and M. Robinson had estimated the additional tax liability based on a $50,000 home and a $100,000 home. Based on a $50,000 home, district residents could expect to see an increase of approximately $12.14 in their school taxes after applying a basic STAR exemption. The estimated increase in school taxes would be $42.49 based on a $100,000 home after applying the basic STAR exemption.

 

R. White inquired about allowance for Junior Varsity Sports in the 2014-2015 budget. In response, Mr. Stewart provided a handout of costs and numbers of projected participants for the JV program. Mr. Saiff indicated that particular division was not accounted for in the budget. It was noted the cost of Girls’ and Boys’ Junior Varsity Soccer and Basketball would total $27,544, based on a conservative estimate of coaching stipends.

 

R. White also questioned if Summer Drivers’ Education was incorporated into the budget. Mr. Saiff replied that yes, it was and that the program is at full enrollment with at least one student on the waiting list.

 

W. Remington asked if there was a possibility of receiving more state aide. Mr. Saiff stated he felt these figures are very close to where the budget will finish.

 

There will be a net loss of one full-time position of Teaching Assistant.

No. 2014-169

2014-2015 BUDGET

 

Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by T. Zellweger to adopt the following Budget Resolution, reflecting a 4.44% average tax levy 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 $10,446,117 and to levy the necessary tax therefore, pending voter approval for the 2014-2014 school year. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-170

BOCES FINAL

COMMITMENT FORM

Mr. Saiff and M. Robinson reviewed the BOCES Final Commitment Form with the Board. Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the BOCES Final Commitment Form for the 2014-2015 school year in the amount of $1,801050.49 plus “as used” CoSers, said amount to be reflected in the proposed school district budget developed for the 2014-2015 school year. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

INFORMATION

The Board received an explanation of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Assessment Fee - Collection System, correspondence to the parent of a student in the District, and a list of upcoming events of interest.

 

 

No. 2014-171

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to adjourn at 7:58 P.M. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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