Our Mission“…we recognized that by mandating a school system ‘wherein all the children of this state may be educated,’ the State has obligated itself constitutionally to ensure the availability of a ‘sound basic education’ to all its children.” -Court of Appeals Decision – June 26, 2003 Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York
Quotes “I think the inequity in education is probably the civil rights issue of our time. There are two education systems in this state. Not public and private. One for the rich and one for the poor and they’re both public systems.” “Mr. Cuomo also committed to redistributing state school aid from wealthy, politically powerful suburban school districts and sending more dollars to high-need rural and urban schools, saying the governor had a duty to be “the great equalizer.”
Who was the speaker for both? Andrew Cuomo in 2010
Two years ago Two elementary positions Half an Administrative position One English position (retirement) Share Occupational and Physical Therapy services ES Home School Counselor .4 School Psychologist (voluntary change) Two Teaching Assistants In-House Support for Assistive Technology (.5 Speech) One ELL (English Language Learners-retirement) Physical Education (retirement, .5 replacement) Clerk Typist (retirement) Network Technician (.4)
Last year One Reading Teacher One Salaried Bus Driver One Social Studies Teacher One Special Education Teacher One RTI coordinator .5 Art Teacher .5 Enrichment Teacher .5 Math Teacher .5 Speech Teacher .4 English Teacher
Loss of AidYear State Aid Loss2010-2011 1.2 Million2011-2012 2.0 Million
The Concept Cost to provide State Aid Fair Education State Aid Local State Aid Ability to Pay Local Ability to Pay Local Ability Higher Average Lower Wealth Wealth Wealth
The Problem NYS NYS Schools Schools with CWR Williamson Average >2.5Combined WealthRatio 0.499 1.00 5.3Expenditures PerPupil $17,437 $19,921 $30,978Local Revenue Effort 20.08 14.00 9.60
The Problem Per Student NYS Per Student Schools Williamson w/CWR >2.5Gap Elimination2011-12 Budget ($1,474) ($515)Gap Restoration 2012-13Budget $113 ($ 5)Gap Remaining ($1,361) ($510)
State Budget IncreasesSchool Aid Decreases $100 $90 $80 $70 $60 $ Billion $50 Operating Funds $40 School Aid $30 $20 $10 $0 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
2012-13 BUDGETThe Major Cost Drivers Health Ins up 18% = $ 424,000 Retirements Costs – ERS up 20% = $ 66,700 – TRS up 13.25% = $ 121,800 Total Hlth & Retrmnt Incr = $ 595,500 Projected Salary Incr = $ 223,000 Total Major Cost Drivers = $ 818,500
In Summary We need to cut at least $800,000 to bring in a budget of approximately $20,500,000. This budget amount is estimated to be within the tax cap limit.
2012-13 BUDGET Budgets Cuts vs.Use of Reserves Deferring Budget Cuts compounds the problem in each succeeding year – Adjust 2012-13 budget as much as possible to create a lower base budget for following years. Limit increase use of Reserves in a year when State Aid is increased – Current Scenario has 5.8% increase of Reserves to fund budget in 2012-13
Potential Cuts-Right-sizing .6 English .8 Science .4 Social Studies 1 Special Education (may not be a job loss if students brought back to district) .5 Groundskeeper
Cuts to ProgramCut Covered.5 Elementary HS librarian covers MS library ES librarian picks up Enrichment.5 Math AIS Support in classroom provided by Teaching Assistants in K-2.9 Math 7-12 AIS supported by Learning Center (HS), teaching assistants (grade 5,6) and math teachers (grades 7,8)1.0 Reading High School Reading Teacher moves to ES 3-ES, 2-MS, 1-HS remain
Other Potential Cuts Cut all field trips except end of the year 4th, 8th and 12th grade celebrations. Only have one modified team in soccer and basketball. Look at implementing bus stops on the 5-12 run.
Next Steps We are within $100,000 of being within the tax cap limit. We can wait and see if the aid picture changes. We can wait to see if there are any retirements (3/17 deadline). We can decide to over ride the tax cap limit.
Tax Cap LimitWithin the tax cap limit-simple majority Estimated Levy increases 2.8% Estimated Rate increases 1.28%Does the Board want to consider over-riding the tax cap limit?