The minutes of the
Guest Speakers and
The 2006-2007 Proposed School
Budget: Dr. Eva Joseph, Superintendent of
The 2006-2007 spending plan is
$169,975,932. This represents a
budget-to-budget increase of $12.9 million and a 7.2 percent tax increase or
additional $1.64 per $1000 assessed property value without star exemptions.
All schools will meet and
exceed New York State Education standards.
The “achievement gap” will
be eliminated while maintaining academic challenges for all students at all
Successful smaller learning
communities, including alternative education programs, will be established at
the middle and high school levels.
Safe schools and student
health will remain a priority.
Continue to rebuilt
tax rate increase:
school costs 3.6
of charter schools on the budget:
are 10,000 students in the district. There
are presently 18 charter schools; next year there will be 25.
The total expense of per pupil
payments and services to charter schools is $16.55 million.
Of the 7.2% tax rate increase being requested, 3.6%
of additional magnet school aid:
Previously publicized 8.87%
tax rate increase did NOT include $1.5 million in additional magnet school aid
The governor vetoed the magnet
aid and legislature overrode veto.
If magnet aid is finalized,
resulting estimated tax rate increase would be 7.2%
of 1.8% from previous year:
materials and equipment budgets cut by 10%
Instructional staff reductions
Support staff reductions
(Net total of 41.4 positions eliminated)
tax rate impact for homeowners (at 7.2% tax rate increase)
(based upon property value
assessment of $100K)
Tax rate in 2005-2006:
Tax bill in 2005-2006:
Tax rate in 2006-2007:
Tax bill in 2006-2007:
Estimated rate change:
Estimated tax change:
In the event that voters do
not approve budget:
Contingency budget cannot
Assuming $1.5 million in
magnet aid, the proposed budget is $101,972 above contingency level
Contingency budget eliminates
all student supplies, equipment and certain raises; other restrictions
$169,975,932 school budget
Library Board of Trustees 2 seats open
answered and issues addressed:
The district has requested
that the legislature provide “Charter School Relief Aid” to relieve
Of the 41 positions being
eliminated, 3 are administrative, 22 are support, 11 are teaching.
64 employees will be retiring; one administrative position is being
The budget is supplemented by
$20 million federal and state projects; $157.7 million grants and special funds;
and $20 million in off-budget revenues.
No special education students
A different accounting process
will be used next year with regard to children who attend private schools in
A facilities team is
accountable for the construction quality and cost of new and renovated schools.
Each project had a contingency budget and each has been used due to
increases in construction costs and the drain on the district’s budget from
the mandated funding of charter schools. Since
the facilities plan was approved in 1998-1999, schools have continued to
deteriorate. It will cost more to
There are no plans to utilize
the space in
The district is in need of a
new data management system. Information
is being reviewed and one will be chosen.
$10.5 million (6.16%) of the
school budget is used to pay debt.
The Affordable Housing
Partnership of the Capital Region, Inc./
The AFP is a HUD-approved,
not-for-profit agency providing homeownership counseling and financial
assistance to residents of the Capital District.
The AHP also assists with
refinancing for homeowners who have been victims of predatory lenders.
Funds are available under the repair loan program at a fixed rate of 7%
with flexible credit guidelines.
and New Business
The meeting adjourned at
Submitted by Deanna Colfels