South Colonie holds first budget talk

Ryan also said that only some of the drivers are full-time employees of the district.

The next budget presentation of the night was for the Operations and Maintenance Department, for which Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Stephen Benedict called for a proposed $6,003,970 budget for 2009-2010, representing a 1.32 percent increase over last year's $5,925,493 budget.

During Benedict's presentation, he explained several maintenance projects that the district hopes to achieve with the budget, ranging from minor repairs, like repainting bus lines, to building a handi-capped-accessible bathroom at the district office and placing elevators in district buildings.

Benedict outlined specific building repairs by building, the more costly projects including roof repairs districtwide ($18,000), replacing worn stair treads at the high school ($21,000), upgrading the first floor faculty bathroom at Lisha Kill Elementary School ($18,000) and sanding and refinishing the wrestling gym and Forum stage at Sand Creek Middle School ($14,000).

Benedict also spoke of an ongoing project to replace the window shades in all of the district's buildings to more energy-efficient shades that keep the heat outside of the classroom in warm-weather temperature and keep the cold air out during cold-weather temperatures.

Benedict asked for a $15,000 increase over last year's $120,000 communication budget. He said being able to communicate throughout the district is very important to the job functions of the Operations and Maintenance Department, and the costs of doing so have increased over the last few years. This includes mobile and non-mobile telephone costs.

"Most of the peak [hours] are during our school hours," he said.

The final presentation was delivered by Principal of the Central Avenue Learning Center and Administrator of the Capital District Juvenile Secure Detention Facility Randy Rench, who asked for the biggest percentage increase, calling for $456,567 " a 9.41 percent increase over last year's budget of $417,288.

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