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April 06 2017: Budget Scenarios

Supt. Spring works around late state budget by developing array of budget proposals 

Without a state budget, Schenectady, like most school districts in the state, doesn’t know how much school aid will be coming for the 2017-2018 School Year.   Without these important state aid numbers, the district doesn’t know if funding will be decreased or increased and by how much. 

Regardless of the state budget holdup, the school board is required to approve a budget proposal that will go before voters on May 16.  Therefore, Superintendent Larry Spring has covered all angles by providing the board of education with an array of budget proposals ranging from approximately $1 million worth of increased funding to just over $7 million.  

If the state budget is not in place prior to the time the board needs to adopt, board members discussed using $2.5 million in fund balance.

Over the last few months, Spring has held meetings and workshops with community members and staff members.  He has accepted proposals from school administrators and held many collaborative budget meetings and discussions to prioritize a long list of possible programs and services for budget consideration.

Many of the positions are proposed to support a General Education Continuum that is designed to identify and provide a systemic pattern of additional supports and interventions to general education students.  The continuum mirrors the supports provided to students with disabilities, providing  a broad range of supports and services best designed to meet each student’s need.   

At Wednesday’s meeting, Spring outlined budget proposals based on the following possible state aid increases, which he admits are random amounts:

Proposal
State Aid Increase
Tax Levy
Total Positions
A (Proposal April)
$ 0
-$ 260,000
 
B (Proposal January)
$ 1,020,000
-$ 260,000
7.7
C
$ 2,397,479
-$ 260,000
16.6
D
$ 4,305,479
-$ 750,000
37.8
E
$ 5,323,779
-$1,750,000
58.2
F
$ 7,123,779
-$3,000,000
75.2


B:  Increase State Aid:  $1,020,000

An increase in Foundation Aid of $1,020 would result in a staff increase of 8.7 as follows

  • Teachers:  7.7

  • Paraprofessional:  1

 

Go here to see the outline of this proposal

 


C:  Increase State Aid:  $2,397,479


An increase in Foundation Aid of $2,397,497 would result in a staff increase of 16.6 as follows

  • Teachers:  8.6

  • Paraprofessional:  3

  • Administrators:  4

  • CSEA:  1

 

Go here to see the outline of this proposal

 


D:  Increase State Aid:  $4,305,479

An increase in Foundation Aid of $4,305,479 would result in a staff increase of 37.8 as follows

  • Teachers:  17.4

  • Paraprofessional:  8

  • Administrators:  5.2

  • CSEA:  2

 Go here to see outline of this proposal


E:  Increase State Aid:  $5,323,779

An increase in Foundation Aid of $5,323,779 would result in a staff increase of 58.2 as follows

  • Teachers:  38

  • Paraprofessional:  13

  • Administrators:  5.2

  • CSEA:  2

 

Go here to see outline of this proposal

 


F:  Increase State Aid:  $7,140,779

An increase in Foundation Aid of $7,140,779 would result in a staff increase of 58.2 as follows

  • Teachers:  52

  • Paraprofessional:  13

  • Administrators:  6.2

  • CSEA:  4

 
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Go here to see the outline of this proposal

2017-2018 Budget Proposal

 

2016-2017
Proposal
Change
General Fund
 $177,180,990
$180,250,000
 $3,069,010
Food Service Fund
 $   6,217,000
$   6,217,000 
 
Special Aid Fund (Grants)
 $  21,130,650
$ 19,838,425
-$1,122,076
 Total
 $204,528,640
$206,305,425
$1,776,785


General Fund Budget Increase:  1.73%

A final budget will go to voters for approval on May 16

Voters will also consider a $64.5 million Capital Project referendum and elect to fill three seats on the school board. 

The next budget meeting is scheduled for April 12, 7 p.m. in the Mont Pleasant Middle School Cafeteria.

 

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