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Lake Shore Central School Board releases proposed budget

LAKE SHORE — The Lake Shore Central School Board of Education began its April 22 meeting by looking over the proposed general fund budget for the 2014 – 2015 year.

Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Finance Daniel Pacos read through the informational packet.

With regard to the board of education, the proposed budget remained equal to last year’s, at $33,150: total board of education, $12,250; total district clerk, $3,400 and total district meetings at $17,500.

For the chief school administrator, the central administration budget increased from last year’s $419,321 to $429,197, in the proposed budget.

For finance, last year’s total business administration budget, $446,097, grew in the proposed budget to $468,798. Auditing increased by $1,500 from last year’s budget, projecting $35,000 for 2014 – 2015. Treasurer finances remained equal at $2,850, as did the tax collector, at $11,800.

Purchasing for Boards of Cooperative Educational Services was proposed to increase by $34, from last year’s $1,810.

Total finance for the 2013 – 2014 budget, at $500,257, has increased by $26,035, equalling $526,292, for this year’s proposed budget.

The proposed total budget for staffing, $243,312, has increased from last year’s budget, $231,402. Legal services increased by $10,000, totaling $60,000 in the proposed budget.

Personnel has increased from last year by $510, due to salary increases, with a total proposal of $121,820. Line items that have remained the same are contractual and other, $62,000; materials and supplies, $100 and BOCES, $16,710.

Records management remained the same, at $1,350. Public information and services from the 2013 – 2014 budget, $231,402, is now proposed to stand at $242,312.

Central services for last year’s budget, $4,153,887, was proposed to equal $4,280,983 for the 2014 – 2015 year.

Operation of plant – including utilities – had a $86,961 increase from last year’s $2,975,952, equalling $3,062,913, for this year’s proposed budget. Maintenance of the plant went from last year’s $529,328 to $544,865.

The central store room budget increased from last year’s $77,973, with a proposed $79,759 budget. The proposed budget for total central printing and mailing decreased by $1,998, from last year’s budget, $88,768.

Pacos proceeded to discuss instruction and the components for the 2014 – 2015 proposed budget. Total instruction increased by 3.12 percent, $778,379, from the 2013 – 2014 budget of $24,972,800, to $25,751,179.

Under instruction, in regard to administration and improvement, all factors remained the same except for salaries, which decreased by $216 from last year, proposing $80,350 for the upcoming budget.

Supervision for the school’s total proposed budget decreased by $12,240 from last year’s $1,430,049. This was a result of cuts to conferences and salaries. Supervision for continuing education increased from $51,462 to a proposed total of $52,480.

The total for research, planning and evaluation decreased by $46,172 for the proposed budget, equaling $150,603. All factors remained the same except for a $46,857 cut in salaries and a $685 increase in BOCES.

The total proposed budget for inservice training and instruction increased by $5,282 for BOCES, totalling $89,509.

Total administration and improvement for the proposed 2014 – 2015 budget equals $1,790,751, a $52,328 decrease from last year’s $1,843,079.

The total teaching budget for the regular school increased by $446,372 from last year’s budget, with a proposal of $13,466,123 for the upcoming year.

Programs for students with disabilities was budgeted at $5,539,995 and, with a proposed total budget increase, equals $5,898,642.

Due to an increase in BOCES, occupational services equals $1,080,660, in the proposed budget.

Teaching for special schools remained equal to last year’s budget total, $300,370.

For instructional media, the school library and audiovisual budget is proposed to increase by $14,033, from last year’s total of $475,581.

Computer-assisted instruction is proposed to be budgeted at $564,638, a $15,655 increase from last year.

Total instructional media for the 2014 – 2015 proposed budget equals $1,054,252, an increase from last year’s $1,024,564.

School guidance counseling decreased from last year’s budget of $969,298, to $951,806 for this year’s proposed budget.

Total health services for this year’s proposed budget had a $1,980 decrease from the 2013 – 2014 budget number of $391,800.

For psychological services, salaries decreased by $69,050 for this year’s proposed budget, totaling $180,550.

The total proposed budget for co-curricular activities remained the same, at $113,320.

Interscholastic athletics increased for the 2014 – 2015 budget, totaling $524,835, compared to last year’s $468,673.

Pupil transportation decreased by $62,864, or 2.14 percent, from last year’s total of $2,940,819, with a proposed total of $2,877,955.

District transportation services decreased by $62,864 from the 2013 – 2014 budget of $2,870,819. There was a “slight decrease” in salaries, according to Pacos, because of routing changes.

Total debt service for the proposed budget lands at $4,640,393, an increase from last year’s $4,508,036.

The current general fund budget totals $53,285,537, with a proposed 2014 – 2015 figure of $54,271406, a $985,869, 1.85 percent increase.

While discussing revenues, Pacos reported that there is a “slight decrease on interest and penalties in taxes. People are paying their taxes.”

Total charges for services increased from $3,123,845 to $3,271,345. The total use of money and property was proposed to decrease to $179,000, compared to the current $221,000.

In regard to state funding, the proposed budget has increased by $913,566 from the current $26,488,843. Medicaid reimbursement has remained the same, at $275,000.

Total estimated revenues without property taxes currently stands at $33,104,038 and is proposed to increase by $1,152,716, 3.48 percent, totalling $34,256,754.

The school tax levy remained the same, at $16,281,499. Projected change in property taxes is $233,153, with a 1.43 percentage change. Total revenues are proposed at $50,771,406, from the current $49,385,537.

Appropriation of fund balance decreased for the proposed total, where it stands at $3,500,000, compared to the current $3,900,000. “Our goal is to get that back down to a more manageable level, in the next year or two,” Pacos said.

Total budgeted revenues is proposed at $54,271,406 from the current $53,285,537.

The board unanimously approved the 2014 – 2015 budget proposal, in the amount of $54,271,406, with an anticipated 1.43 percent property tax levy, and the 2014 – 2015 vehicle purchase in the proposed amount of $395,935, for presentation to the district voters on Tuesday, May 20.

Adoption of the 2014 – 2015 property tax report card was unanimously passed.
In other board matters:
– The board approved a motion to cast votes for six open BOCES seats. Four seats are three-year terms that will expire June 30, 2017; one seat is a two-year unexpired term, to expire June 30, 2016; and one seat is for a 1-year unexpired term, to expire June 30, 2015.

– In regard to personnel, the resignations of bus driver Jennifer Hontz and personnel clerk Lisa Rohloff were accepted. Additionally, a six-month probationary appointment for Kathleen Headley as confidential personnel clerk for the district, at $16.17 per hour, was accepted by the board. That position will go into effect May 12.

– While discussing calender items, Superintendent James Przepasniak announced that an annual family support center Lake Shore fun walk will take place on Saturday, May 3. The walk will go through the school and village. Health and wellness activities will be available, in addition to a barbecue.

– The superintendent also discussed Sen. Mark Grisanti’s visit to the high school in honor of Earth Day, April 21.

This district press conference took place to recognize Lake Shore Central School District’s Energy Education Initiatives. The initiative – which included installation of LED-lighting throughout the school – was led by Mark Gardner, energy specialist for the district.

“Believe it or not, we have already generated the savings and utility cost alone that will have paid for the cost of that retrofitting,” Przepasniak said. “We were very fortunate to have the senator on campus and we really appreciate all that he has done for the district.”

Board Member Carmen Garozzo said, “I think that’s a tremendous attribute for our district, especially when you consider the savings, the immediate savings that we’ve been able to garner off of that grant, with a one-year payback,” in regard to the green initiative that Lake Shore has been developing.

The next Lake Shore Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.

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