March 28 budget presentation
District officials present latest budget calling for $417,272 decrease from current budget, 2.43% tax
(March 30, 2011) At a special budget meeting on March 28,
Superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder and Assistant Superintendent for Business Sarita
Winchell presented an updated budget for next year that factors in
staffing changes and adjusted estimates, including lower health
insurance costs, since the March 7 budget presentation.
The latest budget proposal of $21,240,122 is a
of $417,272, or -1.93%, from the current budget. This budget would carry a projected tax levy
increase of 2.43% percent.
Winchell explained how district administrators looked at enrollment in
classes and made adjustments to staffing where there were too few
students. One of the bigger changes for next year is in the middle
school which will move from five class sections in each grade to four. Next year's budget also includes the addition
of an advisory period for 6th grade to enhance academic instruction.
Among the curriculum that will be infused into this academic class will
be specific projects in the core subjects, developing skills in computer tools,
opportunity for library instruction and character
education. Winchell noted that teacher teams per grade are completely
preserved in this latest budget. Average class sizes at the middle
school are expected to increase to 23-24 students.
"The students at Voorheesville Central School District will have
available to them the same academic program--at all grade levels--in
2011-12 as they do this year," said Ms. Winchell. "Staffing changes for
the 2011-12 school year are due to the enrollment numbers of students,
and the reassignment and realignment of staff schedules to adjust for
those enrollment numbers."
Winchell outlined the following staffing changes for next year:
two full-time reduction to 0.6 FTE (math &
one full-time reduction to 0.8 FTE (social
one part-time 0.4 FTE reduction (Foreign
one 0.6 FTE reduction to 0.4 FTE (Foreign
one part-time 0.5 FTE reduction (music)
one part-time 0.7 FTE increase to 1.0 FTE
Voorheesville's athletic program will see changes next year as freshmen
basketball and junior varsity golf are slated for elimination. All other
sports funded in 2010-11 are included in the 2011-12 budget proposal.
Ms. Winchell will present the final budget for the board's
consideration on April 11. The adopted budget will go before voters
on Tuesday, May 17.
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