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May 28, 2015 Board of Education meeting Minutes



May 28, 2015





The 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 Vice President T. Zellweger in the High School Library on the above date.





Present: J. McGill, B. Remington, W. Remington – 7:39 P.M., H. Simmons, D. Taylor, R. White, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.


Absent: None.


Others: S. Hartson, M. Robinson, and R. Votra




Quorum of five established.







No. 2015-211

2015-2016 BUDGET

Mr. Saiff spoke with the Board about the need to make a decision to either go directly to an austerity (contingency) budget or put another budget up to vote by district residents.


Mr. Saiff discussed the fact that any additional cuts would have a direct impact on our educational program offerings. Mr. Saiff stated that since the proposed budget was defeated on May 19th, he and business manager Michael Robinson had been researching a number of areas to look at possible reductions and determining the effect each would have on our students. Mr. Saiff noted that there are a large number of programs and services over which the district has no control that must be provided by law to eligible students.


B. Remington asked what positions or programs would be cut if the District went to a contingency budget. Mr. Saiff replied equipment items would be cut and more of the fund balance would likely have to be utilized.


R. Votra asked how many residents voted on May 19th. Mr. Votra stated he felt the same budget should go out for a re-vote.


Mr. Saiff explained that the increase in Special Education costs affected the District this year, and that particular increase is what drove the local levy number. Mr. Saiff stated that Special Education costs have a huge variable effect on the school budget.


W. Witherell asked if all drafts of different budget scenarios provided by Mr. Saiff were above the tax cap. Mr. Saiff replied that yes they were because of the District’s negative tax levy.


H. Simmons asked why a supermajority of favorable votes was not required for the 2014-2015 school budget. Mr. Saiff responded that it was because the District was within the tax cap. Mr. Saiff shared historical budget vote results with the Board.


Board members reached the consensus to go back out with same budget.


Motion made by R. White and seconded by W. Witherell to propose the $10,792,137 spending plan previously presented to voters. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



No. 2015-212


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the attached Legal Notice of Second Annual Meeting and Election and to publish said Notice on June 2, and June 9, 2015, as required. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



No. 2015-213




Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to appoint Margaret Zahler, Elizabeth Beha, Josephine Eakins, and Etta Phelix as tellers for the Annual Budget Re-Vote to be held on June 16, 2015, at a stipend of $75 each; Frances Hazelton and Shirley Clark as Alternate Tellers in the event that one or more of the tellers are unable to serve on the date of the vote; Stan Hewlett as Voting Machine Custodian at a stipend of $150; and Ward Remington as Chairperson of the Public Meeting to be held on Monday, June 8, 2015. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




The Board received three drafts of different budgetary scenarios and a Thank You card from the Class of 2015.



No. 2015-214


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to go into Executive Session at 8:10 P.M. to discuss personnel. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




M. Robinson and R. Votra left the meeting at 8:10 P.M.




At 8:21 P.M. the Board Vice President announced that the meeting would reconvene.



No. 2015-215


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by H. Simmons to adjourn at 8:22 P.M. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.







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