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January 12 Community Budget Forum

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This presentation was used at the district's January 12 Community Budget Forum.

This presentation was used at the district's January 12 Community Budget Forum.

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  • 1. Welcome to 2010-11 Budget Planning Community Budget Forum #1 January 12, 2010 Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 1
  • 2. Community Budget Forums • Open process of community participation • Follow-up from the Fall 2009 Budget Survey • Opportunity at every forum to ask questions and provide input • Present areas of community interest – Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 ongoing • Budget basics for the community 2
  • 3. 2010-11 Budget Planning • Budget planning is a year-round process • Economic climate – New York State Budget Deficit – 2009-10 School Aid Cuts – 2009-10 Budget Reductions Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 – 2010-11 Projections & Reductions 3
  • 4. Refresher for 2009-10: A Balanced Budget Voter-Approved February 25 Budget 90 90 89 89 Cuts/ Savings 88 88 Millions Millions 87 87 86 86 Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 85 85 84 84 83 83 Baseline Rollover Projected Budgeted Revenues Expenditures Revenues Expenditures 2009-10 2009-10 2010-11 GOAL: Again present a budget that can be supported by the community 4
  • 5. 2009-10 Budget Overview • Board of Education identified more than $2 million in budget cuts and savings • The budget includes the positions necessary to implement full-day kindergarten: Fully-state funded • All other budget additions kept to a minimum ($37,950) Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • Staffing reductions focused so elementary class sizes and grades 6-12 core class sizes remain in current ranges 5
  • 6. 2009-10 Budget Reductions Objectives: Reductions By Area – Spread the impact across the district to • Elementary 185,625 limit the effect on any one area • Middle School 132,100 – Cuts that would do the least harm to the • High School 262,476 educational program • Athletics 68,770 – Areas where spending reductions could • Special Education 789,032 be achieved by offering similar • Transportation 304,000 Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 programs/services in a new format • Operations 179,900 – Expected/anticipated savings, i.e. no more and Maintenance mid-day kindergarten bus runs • Technology 10,000 • District Office/ 169,987 Districtwide 6
  • 7. 2009-10 Budget Highlights • Total Budget $87,560,000 —Budget Increase: $2,790,467 (3.29%) Lowest in 26 years! — Budget Increase (Minus funded Full-Day K Costs): 2.78% Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • Tax Rate Increase • 1.76% for Bethlehem and New Scotland BUT: concerned about continued effects of the bad economy, including the trickle-down impacts from NYS 7
  • 8. First, some good news… • Teacher concessions have yielded $600k in 2009-10; $400k expected 2010-11 • Early retirement incentives: 8 teachers opting in for 2009-10 yielding $425k in 2010-11 savings – One year remains on incentive Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • Energy consortium bid yields flat rates, with decreased usage, some savings • Cell tower explorations continue 8
  • 9. News from NYS isn’t promising • $1,574,000 mid-year reduction proposed, but not passed • Modest delays in aid, with threats of reducing aid • Revenue estimates for 2010-11 not available yet: – At best: flat aid levels Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 – At worst: perhaps a $4m reduction – Will federal stimulus funding remain ($2.3m)? 9
  • 10. Use of Fund Balance is a “One Shot” • Paterson suggests it’s a “rainy day” – use these funds • Results: fixes 2010-11, but compounds the 2011-12 issue • Not a good fiscal practice – Affects cash flow Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 – Affects bond rating • Underlying structural issue must be addressed 10
  • 11. The Question What matters most? Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 11
  • 12. Community Budget Survey Results • Topics of interest: – Potential 2010-11 Budget Cuts 81.9% – Impact of state budget on BC 68.6% – Academic Program 44.7% – Review of 2009-10 Budget Cuts 34.7% – School Budget 101/Overview 28.3% Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 12
  • 13. Community Budget Survey Themes • Academic Priorities Reaction to 2009-10 – Class Size Budget Cuts – Combination Classes – 48%: At the right level given – MS Music fiscal challenges – Section and Staffing – 20%: Were too deep – Total Program Impact with Reductions – 14%: Were not deep enough • Administrative Concerns – 18%: Other • Athletics: Night Games, Funding Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • Budget: Process, Planning, Specifics • Extracurricular • Negotiations, Salary, Benefits • Transportation • Special Education 13
  • 14. Where do we begin 2010-11? 91 90 An Early Projection Assumptions: 89 – Slight decline in revenues 88 Millions – Rollover expenditures increase budget 4 percent 87 Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 86 85 84 83 Projected Rollover Revenues Expenditures 14
  • 15. Potential budget cuts under discussion • 11.0 FTE Teaching Staff • 10.0 FTE Support Staff • 3.0 FTE Administration/Supervisory Positions • Athletic Reductions • Extracurricular/Clubs • Enrichment Funding Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • Late Buses • Close a Pool 15
  • 16. Community Discussion/Questions • What matters most? – What are your priorities? – Where should/should the community not look Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 when identifying possible reductions? – What would you like more information on? 16
  • 17. Budget Process Overview • Preparing the 2010-11 budget estimates now • Soliciting community input on priorities • Board workshops to be held in March • Public hearing in May, followed by May 18 vote Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 • GOAL: present a budget that can be supported by the community 17
  • 18. Upcoming Forums • Tuesday, January 26 • Tuesday, February 9 All Forums at 7 p.m., BCMS Library Community Forum #1 – Jan. 12 18