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Hamburg’s school libriarians have many duties in the media centers

With almost 98,000 materials circulated annually in and out of the Hamburg School District’s libraries, it is a fact that department school specialists have their hands full with their given duties.

Megan Moelbert, a library media specialist in the district, appeared at Tuesday’s (March 12) Hamburg Central School Board meeting to present a Library Media Center update. The other library media specialists representing Hamburg’s six schools were also at the meeting.

According to Moelbert, communication of LMC information begins at the kindergarten level and is used throughout the student’s school career, with common core standards sustained through informational tests.

The librarians were described as technology integrators, utilizing digital literacy, website evaluation, online databases and library catalogs. Keeping accurate records, participating in book fairs to go along with author/illustrator visits, and aiding in overall budgetary LMC planning are other noted responsibilities of LMC specialists.

“There is a lot that happens before a book even hits the shelf,” said Moelbert.

In other business, district officials presented an updated budgetary overview for 2013-14, following up on a budget workshop held on March 5in which a pair of fiscal scenarios were outlined as possibilities.

Director of Administrative Services Barbara Sporyz and Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch described a plan that includes a projected expenditure budget of $60,313,601, a $3.7 million increase, or a hike of 6.56 percent, from the 2012-13 academic year. Revenues are projected at $25,887,618, with an amended state aid amount of $19,713,718.

Using the “B” budget, the fiscal plan includes Level 1, enrollment-driven reductions of three elementary teaching positions including one teacher aide (through retirement) and two teacher retirements, a savings of $80,000.

Budget “B” entails full Employee Retirement System and Teacher Retirement System contributions at 20.9 percent and 16.2 percent, to go along with full pension costs. Reductions are shown in building aid and overall expenditures. The building aid is projected at $2,451,132, with general exclusions at $1,705,750.

Appropriated reserves of $1 million are set to be used, an amount slightly higher than the originally projected $750,000.

The total tax levy amount is projected at $34,425,983, representing an 8.25 percent, or $2.6 million, increase from 2012-13. With the maximum tax levy for the district, including exemptions, set at $33,562,330, Sporyz said there is a tax gap of $863,653.

District officials are hoping to put together a budget that does not go over the tax levy limitation, officials said.

If the tax cap levy limits are superseded, it would require at least a 60 percent voter approval to pass the budget, rather than the usual 50 percent plus 1 ratio.

The Hamburg Central School Board is scheduled to adopt the 2013-14 budget at the April 16 meeting.

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