S-G Super's budget reveals possible $1.5 million cut

Field trips and summer school face elimination, along with staff reductions

Scotia-Glenville Central School District officials are hoping to maintain programs for students while making deep fiscal cuts, with Superintendent Susan Swartz's draft budget for the 2011-12 showing reductions of more than $1.5 million.

Swartz's budget, presented to the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 28, has three phases of reductions totaling $1.52 million in cuts. The carry-forward budget from the current school year totaled $47.9 million and represented an estimated tax increase of 7.7 percent. State aid for the district would also be declining by almost $1.4 million or 8 percent compared to the current year. Also included in cuts is a reduction of 5.3 full-time equivalent staff members, which could be a mixture of part-time and full-time employees to reach an estimated savings of $238,342.

I will not bring you anything that I feel really good about, said Swartz. "Many of these things you have seen before. We go back to the same things folks who attended our forums last year and folks responded to our exit surveys were pretty clear about what they saw and what they like about Scotia-Glenville."

To help reduce the burden on taxpayers, a total of $500,000 will be used from the fund balance of the district. Additionally, phase one reductions include $29,000 in health insurance savings as collective bargaining groups move from a CDPHP HMO plan to an EPO plan. Reductions in building and grounds and transportation will also total $120,000, with details to be presented at the next board meeting.

There will also be the addition of two full-time teachers, going to Lincoln and Sacandaga elementary schools. Last year there were two smaller fourth grades, so for the current school year, they were combined to make a single fifth grade. These two additions would total $135,034.

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