The representative of the Albany Public Library called attention to the
Library’s proposed budget included in the newsletter distributed to all
present and announced the Library’s partnership with Civil Liberties and the
related gallery of photographs on display.
A representative of the student community partnership announced a march on
Friday, May 6 at the Capitol building to call attention to “Cover the
Dr. Joseph presented information about the
District’s proposed 2005-2006 school budget that will be voted upon on
The proposed spending plan is $157,037,632 which
represents a budget-to-budget increase of $11.6 million and a tax rate of 3.9%
or an additional $.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
This year’s budget was developed by first
identifying the district’s academic goals and then determining the dollars
required to fund them, rather than simply determining how to spend funds.
Five academic goals have been identified.
Items that are presently being maintained as well as new goals were
1: All schools meet Adequate Yearly
class sizes; full-day pre-K; alternative ed; literacy program; CSR
(Comprehensive School Reform) programs
New Goals: interval
testing; International Baccalaureate Program; mentor teacher program; curriculum
pacing maps; new math standards
2: Eliminate achievement gap
ed services and supports; academic assistance program (for athletes); homeless
New Goals: Summer
school for all; funding for SAT and regents prep courses; cultural and ethnic
sensitivity training for staff; additional honors classes
3: Implement and operate a system of
successful middle level programs
New Goals: Restructure
Hackett and PLMA (maintain magnet program at PLMA); comparable academic programs
with additional math and English classes; advisor-advisee program; expanded
technology; adolescent literacy program; additional staffing
4: Maintain safe schools and student
safety initiatives; know your body; drop out prevention; health screenings;
New Goals: Hire
new safe schools coordinator; Miles of Smiles dental services
5: Meeting long range facilities
New Goals: Open
Montessori Magnet, Kelton Court Middle School, PS 20, PS 27, and PS 18;
rebuild/renovate Hackett, PS 16 and PS 18; spearhead high school referendum (May
The estimated tax rate increase is 3.9 percent.
Charter school payments account for 2.5% of the 3.9
tax rate and the TSR/ERS accounting change accounts for 1.6%.
Areas in which the district is cutting back include
13.5% for materials and supplies; 29.4 teaching/instructional reductions (6
layoffs); 3 administrative positions; and various support staff reductions.
The budget represents an increase of 85 cents per
$1,000 of assessed property value.
Revenue Summary for 2005-2006
Local revenue - 7%
Fund Balance - 3.1%
State Aid - 31.1% (no aid provided for charters)
Property Tax - 57.9% (higher rate than other area
Expenditure Summary for 2005-2006
Program (staff) – 75.9%
Capital – 14.6%
If the proposed budget is not approved by voters, the
proposed $157 million will be cut by $7.3 million.
There are 3 propositions on the
Other issues Dr. Joseph addressed included
Charter schools: Charter
schools are funded on a per student basis; each time a student enrolls, the City
school budget is cut by $9,332. Charter
schools have projected their 2005-2006 enrollment will be 250, but the district
expects it to be less. Exit interviews indicate it may be 134.
8 Schools have been impacted by the facilities plan.
School 27 will open in January; schools 16 and 18 are scheduled to be
demolished. Plans are being
considered for restructuring of the high school to scale down groups and create
more separate entities within the school.
The building that houses the
The city will have 6 middle schools when new charters open. Funding for
the facilities improvement plan has been negatively impacted by the
establishment of charter schools.
The NYS Senate and Assembly are being asked to consider the fact that
Grants for $19 million are not included in the budget because they are
awarded for specific, dedicated purposes
The district is reimbursed for approximately $100,000 of cable and
Public Access Television is not viewed
in the schools.
Livingston may close if charter school enrollment increases.
reviewing staff salaries and benefits, employees are not paying 3 percent of
their health insurance premiums. This
issue will be focused upon in future contract negotiations.
facilities improvement team and board of education hold contractors and
inspectors accountable for work on the schools.
A motion was made and passed stating that
Additionally, a motion was made and passed stating
The Albany Public Library budget includes a request
for an increase in order to fund personnel.
A motion was made and passed to support the library budget.
After 20 years as a building inspector, Nick DiLello
has taken responsibility for the City’s Building and Codes Department.
permit applications are reviewed the day after they are received.
If they are for minor projects, they are approved and the permit is
issued that day.
Code enforcement complaints are addressed rapidly as
well. There are seven inspectors and
each is assigned to a zone of the City. Building
owners have 21 days to correct code violations and if they do not, they will be
notified to appear in court and pay a fine.
The city provides free architectural services to
those wishing to rehabilitate buildings.
Issues of a rental property registry,
The CANA Codes committee meets with the City
Department of Building and Codes monthly.
Mr. DiLello encourages members to call him personally
to report violations or discuss issues at 434-2218.
Announcements and New Business
The 2005 Annual Members meeting of the
Special Tribute: Elfrieda
Textores and Emily Grisom
Thomas J. Senchyna Neighborhood Service Award:
Certificates of recognition: Tom
Kelley, Spectrum 8 Theatres, Friends of the Madison, Harold Rubin
The second Annual Mansion Neighborhood House and Garden Tour will be held
June 5 from
Free parking is available at the State garage.
Tickets are $12 or $15 and are available at the Book House and Romeos.
The Committee on University & Community Relations has notified
students of the upcoming trash to treasure program and special spring cleanup
The meeting adjourned at