The board has been focused at keeping building project's tax impact at or close to zero. The first part of the project, at $9.3 million, would cover roof repairs, track repairs, technology infrastructure replacement and high school library heating system upgrades. The second part, at $2.57 million, would reconstruct the Middle School open library by adding walls, ventilation and expansion of floor space. The cost would be covered by state aid, special EXCEL funding, declining debt costs and other sources of revenue.
According to Communications Director for the District Bob Hanlon, the first proposal must be passed in order for the second to be successful. He said second proposal standing alone would not generate enough aid to offset the construction costs and by including projects like new roofs, the second project will be eligible for more state aid.
The Board of Education adopted a final budget of $46,651,381, representing a 1.7 percent or $794,249 spending increase from the current budget of $45,857,132.
Changes made to the initial proposed budget included adding back $12,000 to send one more student to the Tech Valley High School. Some residents spoke at previous meetings in favor of preserving the tuition for a student who was already told he was picked to go to Tech Valley in the fall.
District official said they expect that taxpayers will see a zero percent increase in their school tax bills after the state budget is approved and factored in to Scotia's Glenville's proposed budget. If no additional aid was approved by the state, the worst-case scenario for taxpayers will be an increase of about 2.97 percent.
Superintendent Swartz kept the proposal to have Young Scholars taught in-house, despite many parents asking to keep it outsourced through BOCES. Swartz said she is confident that the program will continue to prosper with a Scotia-Glenville staff that is trained in teaching gifted students.