Apr. 12, 2017 BOE Special Meeting minutes – Approved

Central Valley School District Board of Education – Special Meeting
April 12, 2017    7:00 p.m.

The Board of Education’s Special Meeting was called to order by President LaLonde at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room at CVA. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Daniel LaLonde, Pres.
Matt Shedd, V. Pres.
Jane North
Kristen Rich
Walt Roginski
Fred Schell

Members Absent

Matt Darrow

Staff Present

Ken Long
Fran LaPaglia
Deb Van Slyke
Lisa Hoffman
Dick Keeler
James Humphrey
Melissa Hoskey
Aaron Carey
Jeremy Rich
Michele Pilla

Guests Present

Kelly Rowland
Travis Costin

PRESENTATION

Proposed 2017-2018 Budget

Mr. Long explained that, according to state requirements, the district must adopt a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year no later than April 21, 2017. The Board received copies of budget details for their review.

Mr. Long outlined the changes in the following aid areas: Building Aid (down $930,000), BOCES Aid (down $967,000), and Transportation Aid (up $140,000). Overall aid was reported to be down $111,000 and the need to focus on Foundation Aid was stressed as this category allows the district to run regular education programs.

Mr. Long reported a recommended tax levy increase of 1.69%. Even with that increase, Central Valley would be levying $315,544 (3.61%) less than the two individual districts levied in the 2012-2013 school year before the merger.

The Board will need to continue to strive to right size the district as far as staffing is concerned. Mr. Long reminded the Board that the adopted budget needs to reflect the maximum amount the district may spend without a Board resolution in the future. The district does not need to necessarily spend all that is budgeted. The long-term goal is to shrink the budget little by little so that we are ready for a drop in aid during the 2018-2019 school year.

(Copy of budget details on file in District Clerk’s files.)

BOARD DISCUSSION

Board discussion took place regarding increased costs in the area of Special Education, use of BOCES programs, free and reduced lunch program, and the NNDCC program.

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

There was no public participation this evening.

NEW BUSINESS

Adoption of Proposed 2017-2018 Budget

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the adoption of the proposed 2017-2018 budget as presented by Mr. Long this evening. Motion carried 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Shedd, the Board adjourned their Special Meeting at 7:24 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education