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 BAC reviews proposed state budget; identifies priorities in 18-19 school budget

The Budget Advisory Committee reviewed the governor’s proposed budget and reviewed possible reductions and restructuring at its January meeting.

In the governor’s proposal, Schalmont would purportedly receive $14,644,581 in state aid. This would be an increase of $267,402 over last year, but Business Administrator Joseph Lenz cautions that an increase of less than $100,000 is more likely.

“We purchased technology using the Smart Schools grant rather than through BOCES, so that means we are receiving less BOCES aid for next year,� said Lenz. “I also expect less in transportation aid as our expenses are projected to fall below the amount that was used in the governor’s proposal.�

You can read more about the executive budget proposal here.

The BAC also reviewed the budget simulation scenario outcomes from its December 6 meeting.

Through different budget scenarios, the committee identified the following as priorities for preservation or improvement:

• Primary Education
• Class Size
• Grant Options
• Maintaining Programs
• Grant Opportunities

The following were identified as areas or services that could possibly be reduced or restructured:

• AIS Services
• Psychology Services
• Technology TOSA
• Athletic Director
• Support Services
• Outsourcing and/or sharing of services

The Board of Education and administration will take the committee’s recommendations into account when crafting the 2018-19 school budget.

Superintendent Dr. Carol A. Pallas and Business Administrator Joseph Lenz will present the first draft budget proposal at the Monday, Feb. 26, Board of Education meeting. The Budget Advisory Committee meets again on March 28.