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P.O. Box 608
131 South Third Street 
Northville, NY 12134

Phone: 518-863-7000 
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2011-2012 BUDGET NEWS

 

 
Each fall, local school district superintendents and business managers begin in-house preparations as part of the creation of the upcoming year’s school district budget. In the Northville Central School District, the Superintendent and Business Manager meet annually in December with each Principal, Supervisor and the Athletic Director to review the status of the current budget and encumbrances; to assess areas in which additional cost savings can be accrued throughout the remainder of the current school year; and to discuss their buildings or department’s fiscal and personnel needs for the upcoming school year.
 
We have scheduled these meetings for the 2011-2012 budget to begin on Monday, December 13. Following each meeting, NCS Business Manager Bruce Ellsworth will compile the preliminary data that has resulted from the discussion. That information will then be used to create a comprehensive initial budget document for review by the members of the Board of Education. The document will contain all budget requests, disaggregated by department and budget code, and will also include a listing of the costs for every code from the prior (current) school year, for comparison purposes.
 
Further work on the budget will take place at a series of BOE budget workshops, which are open to the public. At those sessions, the Principals, Supervisors and Athletic Director will discuss their requests with the Board members. Adjustments will be made to the requests based upon the information gathered. The Board will also be provided with information relative to the current status of the District’s fund balance; reserve accounts; and state aid. It is hoped that the NYS school aid numbers will be available in time to include that information in the budget work.
 
The next step in the budget formulation process is the BOE’s adoption of the proposed budget, which takes place in mid-April. Following that, the BOE will hold a budget Public Hearing in early May. This allows the district time to create the legally-mandated budget notices and fliers that must be mailed to each taxpayer. The public budget vote will take place on May 17, 2011, and will also include the voting for the Board of Education seat.
 

The District encourages anyone with questions or suggestions related to the budget to address your comments to Kathy Dougherty, NCS Superintendent of Schools at 863-7000, x 4121; Bruce Ellsworth, NCS Business Manager

 

 
 
 
 
Building Renovation Project Update: May 5, 2010
 
 
       The Project is taking shape! Meetings have been ongoing  with the Project Manager, Claudia St. John of Mosaic Associates., along with other Mosaic employees Steve VanHoose and Chris Nolte.  Superintendent Kathy Dougherty, Business Manager Bruce Ellsworth, Director of Facilities George Harrington, and Board of Education members Mr. James Beirlein and Mr. Sheldon Ginter are representing the District at all Project planning meetings.  
         Plans for Phase 1 of the Project have been submitted to the New York State Education Department for review and approval. The time frame for approval at the state level has been extended out to between 4 and 12 weeks, depending upon the nature and complexity of the plans.
         Final plans for the science and home and careers classrooms renovations are complete and have been submitted. Much work on these plans was completed by Mr. Reinke and Ms. Webster, NCS science teachers, and Mrs. Holubetz and Mrs. Harrod, home and career teachers.  Window design and specifications are also underway. 
        The NCS Technology Committee has also met to design a workable and effective plan for inclusion of the new technological applications that will be made possible through the Project funding. Training for staff members on the SMART Board applications will begin following a SMART Board presentation to the staff on May 13 at 2:45 in the auditorium.         
        It is the intention of the District that the timetable move as expeditiously as possible in order to begin work as soon as classes end in June. We continue to hold to that goal, but with the inderstanding that much of the timetable is dependent upon NYSED approval and the manufacturing process for windows and other Project components. 
 
 
 
 
NCSD Board Approves Building Renovation Project
 
 
 
 
       On Monday, December 14, the Board of Education of the Northville Central School District unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the District to proceed with a $3.8 million Building Renovation Project focused on safety, energy conservation and academic components. The Board deemed this an appropriate time to present a project due to infrastructure needs in the District as well as the fact that construction and bond costs are currently at very favorable rates for school districts.
 
       Planning for this project has been underway for several years, including numerous meetings of the District’s Facilities Committee, which includes BOE members, district administrators and supervisors, staff members and community members. The Committee researched the current condition of the facility, scrutinized the future needs of the district, and reviewed a cost analysis that was provided for each component by Project Architect Mr. Nick Waer of Mosaic Associates. The original list of 35 items was pared down to a list of 16 items deemed essential to ensure the longevity of the building and meet the changing needs of educational institutions and their students. Several of the 35 items on the original list have been since been completed in-house by district staff in the last several years, saving the District substantial costs.
 
       Included in the project are such components as replacement of the single-pane windows located in the original portion of the building that was erected in 1933; reconstruction of the roof on the 1979 addition; paving of the decaying south parking lot; replacement of a 1951 fuel tank; and replacement of the inoperable gym partition with a roll-down curtain unit. In addition, the District plans to renovate and update two science labs and the Family and Consumer Science room. There will also be funding allocated for technology upgrades in hardware and in the building’s capacity to host new technological applications.  
 
       The District has recently taken a very proactive stance with regard to energy efficiency, including the successful completion of an Energy Performance Contract through NYSERDA, and has been awarded an Energy Building Star Label by the Environmental Protection Agency for meeting specific energy efficiency requirements.
 
       The cost of the Project will be borne primarily at the state level at an aid ratio of 68.7% of the Project’s costs through the New York State Dormitory Authority borrowing agency. In addition, $173,048 of EXCEL funding (Expanding Children’s Education & Learning) allocated to the District by NY State will be utilized for additional financial support. The District will bring a vote to the public to authorize borrowing of the remainder of the funds. The average cost to a homeowner with a house assessed at $100,000 with a STAR exemption would be $17 annually over 15 years. The state aid enables the District to complete this essential work without the cost of the work being borne entirely by the local taxpayers.
 
       The District will schedule meetings with numerous local entities and service organizations; will schedule building walk-though sessions for members of the public who wish more information; and will be disseminating additional information to the public through press releases, mailings and its website. A public hearing will be scheduled prior to the vote, which will take place on Tuesday, February 23 from noon to 8 PM in the school’s gymnasium.

 

 
 
 
March 29, 2010 Update:
     In a recent conversation with our Assemblyman Marc Butler, he indicated that the Governor's Bill #217 now has a sponsor in the NYS Assembly. Watertown Assemblywoman Addie Russell has agreed to sponsor this bill, which has now been attached to the budget bills in both legislative houses. The sponsor in the Senate is Senator Neil Breslin of Albany. Assemblyman Butler believes that once the budget bills are agreed upon by the legislative houses and sent to the Governor, the bill will become law and the interfund transfer of monies from the Black River budget to the Hudson River budget should be possible.
 
     Superintendent Dougherty has been in close contact with governmental relations specialists from both NYSUT and NYSSBA to secure advocacy support for this bill. In addition, members of the Northville Teachers Association have each produced and forwarded statements in support of the bill to members of both bodies of the NY State legislature. We have also received support from Mr. Greg Fagan, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, who sent a letter to the legislators that encourages them to act swiftly on the Governor's bill.
 
 
 
 
February 16, 2010 Update:
 
     In response to the advocacy efforts with the Governor's office that were undertaken to secure the unpaid school taxes owed to the Northville Central School District by the Hudson River-Black river Reguating District, we have been informed that there is now a Governor's Program Bill #217 and corresponding memorandum that would authorize the legal transfer of monies from the solvent Black River budget to the depleted Hudson River account.
 
     The bill would amend the environmental conservation law, remove the requirements for departmental approval of regulations and apportionment, and allow the HRBRRD to pay its outstanding taxes to the six lake school districts.
 
     Once the bill has secured sponsors in the Senate and Assembly, it will move through committees and reach the Governor's desk for his signature. We have not been informed of a time frame for this process, but we will continue to monitor its status through our liaisons with the Governor's office and the New York State School Boards Association.
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January 3, 2010
 
Dear Governor Paterson,
 
Once again I find it necessary as the Superintendent of Schools in the Northville Central School District and on behalf of the six school district superintendents who compose the Committee of Great Sacandaga Lake Superintendents to issue a sincere and heartfelt plea for some measure of consideration regarding our 2009-2010 district budgets.
                          
As noted in previous communications to you and to our local, state and federal legislators over the past several months, our districts have experienced deferrals of our now overdue 2009-2010 school tax payments owed by the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the case of our Northville Central School District, this deferral amounts to over $326,000 on a total budget of just over $9,000,000.
 
Please note that my prior communications to you have included a request that state legislation be introduced that would allow the HRBRRD to float an interfund loan from the currently solvent Black River account to the depleted Hudson River account in order for the school tax bills (and county tax bills, which just arrived this week) to be paid. Thus far I have received no encouraging news from any representative of the NYS executive branch offices. I have, however, had brief conversations with Senator Hugh Farley and a representative from Senator Betty Little’s office, both of whom indicated that they are strongly in support of this request and are awaiting the return of the legislators in January to pursue moving this legislation forward. I also recently received a letter of encouragement from Assemblyman Marc Butler, who is working on the legislative agenda with his Assembly leadership.
 
In the meantime, we have received news that your deferrals of the December NYS school aid payments and STAR reimbursement payments have now resulted in an additional loss of $100,000 in anticipated revenue to our district. My district, with such a small and very carefully crafted budget, cannot experience the loss of nearly $500,000 in revenue without taking extreme measures in reaction to this news. As my Business Manager and I continue to analyze our cash flow figures, it has become increasingly clear that unless some relief is provided very soon, we will be forced to explore Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes, the approval of which is, of course, partially dependent upon the actuality of us ever receiving the outstanding taxes and state aid monies, and which will of course burden us with additional interest fees. It is also likely that we will need to draw upon our small fund balance, giving us an even greater concern in that area as we approach the increasingly difficult task of creating what promises to be a devastating 2010-11 district budget and present a request for support that our taxpayers will see fit to approve in May 2010. Finally, it is entirely possible that we will need to reduce or eliminate essential programs and services for our students, and limp through the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year with the mere skeleton of what was once and should still be a proud and vibrant program of offerings for our students.
 
If this letter accomplishes nothing else, please let it be known that there are persons such as myself, who have elected to serve in public leadership roles throughout New York State, who continue to hold fast to some perhaps irrational but unwavering measure of faith that you will see fit to respond to our overtures for assistance on behalf of our students. An encouraging word or two from your office would go far in alleviating the frustration and discouragement that is presently in place in so many locations throughout your state.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Kathy Dougherty
Superintendent of Schools
Northville Central School District
PO Box 608
Northville, NY 12134
Ph: 518-863-7000 x 4121
Fax: 518-863-7011
 
Cc:      Northville Central School District Board of Education
Mr. Glenn LaFave, Executive Director, HRBRRD
            Board Members, HRBRRD
            Kris Lanchantin, Girvin & Ferlazzo, Attorneys at Law
New York State Council of School Superintendents
New York State School Boards Association
Mr. G. Wallace Hart, President, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce
Hamilton Fulton Montgomery County Teachers Association Cluster
Dr. Geoffrey Davis, District Superintendent, HFM BOCES
Mr. John Callery, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Supervisors
Mr. Dick Smith, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
Mr. Joe Sullivan, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
Mr. Peter Byron, President, Great Sacandaga Lake Association
Leader-Herald Newspaper
Sacandaga Express Newspaper
Amsterdam Recorder Newspaper
Schenectady Gazette Newspaper
Albany Times-Union Newspaper
Capital News 9, Schenectady
News Channel 6, Schenectady
News Channel 10, Albany
News Channel 13, Albany
 
 
 
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December 13, 2009
 
 
Dear Governor Paterson and New York State and United States Legislators,
 
 
On November 29, 2009, the Committee of Great Sacandaga Lake School District Superintendents, representing six small, rural upstate districts, sent a very important letter to each of you, as well as to the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) Administration and Board of Directors and other entities.
 
That letter included information related to the decision on October 13, 2009 by the HRBRRD Board of Directors to “defer” payment of its 2009 school taxes owed to six school districts. Our Committee asked for assistance from any NY State source, whether executive, legislative, and/or judicial, in resolving this situation in such a way that our districts would receive the tax revenue they were owed by the HRBRRD. At this time, we still have no resolution to this issue. We understand that although HRBRRD’s Executive Director and Board have taken some intermediate steps in a somewhat positive direction, they have no time frame for any forthcoming payments. This still leaves our small Northville Central School District with a shortfall in 2009-2010 operating revenue of over $326,000 on a $9.3 million budget.
 
In our Nov. 29 letter we also asked for consideration should you decide to impose mid-year cuts or deferrals of NYS aid payments in light of the blow we had already received from the HRBRRD decision. It is my understanding that no provisions have been made for the Lake Districts, and that we will incur the same 10% deferral in aid as all other districts in New York State.
 
The Northville School District Board and Administration worked diligently last year to prepare a fiscally sound and responsible budget that our taxpayers would and did approve. We feel strongly that your deferrals are targeting entities such as school districts and local municipalities that conscientiously contain their operating costs and carefully match their expenditures with their revenues. To be punished in this manner because we are an entity that carefully manages its finances is an unconscionable act on your part. You state that New York State cannot spend money that it does not have, yet you expect local school districts and municipal governments to do just that.
 
We are at a crisis point in our operations, and will soon be forced to reduce programming and services for our students. Minimally, we request swift action on the HRBRRD deferral, to give us some breathing room to absorb your 10% deferral. Failing that, we strongly request reconsideration of the 10% deferral in state aid that we are facing.
 
We would appreciate a prompt response to this urgent request, and remain on call in anticipation of your reply.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Kathy Dougherty                                                                 Mrs. Lynne Paul
Superintendent of Schools                                                         President
Northville Central School District                                              NCSD Board of Education
Northville, NY 12134
Ph: 518-863-7000 x 4121
Fax: 518-863-7011
 
 
Cc:      Northville Central School District Board of Education
Mr. Glenn LaFave, Executive Director, HRBRRD
            Board Members, HRBRRD
            Kris Lanchantin, Girvin & Ferlazzo, Attorneys at Law
New York State Council of School Superintendents
New York State School Boards Association
Mr. G. Wallace Hart, President, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce
Hamilton Fulton Montgomery County Teachers Association Cluster
Dr. Geoffrey Davis, District Superintendent, HFM BOCES
Mr. John Callery, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Supervisors
Mr. Dick Smith, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
Mr. Joe Sullivan, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
Mr. Peter Byron, President, Great Sacandaga Lake Association
Leader-Herald Newspaper
Sacandaga Express Newspaper
Amsterdam Recorder Newspaper
Schenectady Gazette Newspaper
Albany Times-Union Newspaper
Capital News 9, Schenectady
News Channel 6, Schenectady
News Channel 10, Albany
News Channel 13, Albany
 
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THE COMMITTEE OF
GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE
SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
 
representing
 
Broadalbin-PerthCentralSchool District
EdinburgCommonSchool District
Hadley-LuzerneCentralSchool District
MayfieldCentralSchool District
NorthvilleCentralSchool District
WellsCentralSchool District
 
 
November 20, 2009
 
 
Dear Governor Paterson, New York State and NYS United States Legislators,
 
On October 13, 2009, the seven-member Board of Directors of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD), a public benefit corporation of the State of New York, voted unanimously to "defer" payment of HRBRRD's 2009 school taxes owed to six area school districts. This decision was due to a ruling by the US Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia that impacted HRBRRD's revenue stream by altering HRBRRD's ability to assess hydropower companies that comprise a significant component of its downstream beneficiaries and revenue source.
 
The Superintendents of Schools of these districts were formally notified of this decision in writing on Oct. 15 by Mr. Glenn LaFave, HRBRRD Executive Director, who stated, "The Regulating District must defer payment of 2009 school taxes currently due until it establishes alternate sources of funds." (Enclosure A)
 
Following receipt of that letter, on Oct. 27, 2009, five of the six superintendents of the affected school districts met with Mr. LaFave and his Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Richard Ferrara, to review the status of HRBRRD's efforts to secure funds sufficient to pay the taxes. We were informed that HRBRRD's application for approval of its contingency plan, which was to temporarily transfer available funds from the Black River portion of its budget to the Hudson River portion, had been denied by the NYS Comptroller's Office. At that point, Mr. LaFave indicated that the HRBRRD expected to investigate a possible Tax or Revenue Anticipation Note, but had secured no guarantee that such a move would be approved. He ended by stating that there was a very distinct possibility that the districts would not receive their 2009 tax payments until April 2010 at the earliest when, by NYS Law, the counties must pay the outstanding school taxes and then seek to recover those payments through other means. Unlike other taxpayers, however, HRBRRD will not incur penalties for late payment as do ordinary citizens whose payments are in arrears. There has been no further communication from Mr. LaFave to the superintendents regarding this issue since that Oct. 27 meeting.
 
To put this situation into perspective, for three of the school districts (Northville, Broadalbin-Perth and Edinburg), the HRBRRD tax payments constitute the single largest tax payment in the district's budget, or $326,000, $256,000 and $234,000 respectively. For a small district such as Edinburg, with a total budget of $2.9 million dollars, a "deferral" of this magnitude raises great concern on the part of the district administration, Board of Education and taxpaying community. It also presents a tremendous challenge to each individual district's ability to manage its cash flow operations in a healthy manner. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the impact of HRBRRD's decision seriously compromises our mission, that being to provide the best possible level of programs and services for our students while maintaining our fiduciary responsibility to our taxpayers.
 
Coupled with the possibility of a mid-year reduction in 2009-10 NYS school aid at an average rate of 4.5%, our districts are teetering on the edge of possible financial crises of unforeseen proportions, with insufficient reserves available to cover these extraordinary losses. This is why we seek your help.
 
In response to HRBRRD's decision, and as part of our advocacy efforts, we have secured the support of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce (Enclosure B) and the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Counties Teachers Union Cluster, a NYSUT offshoot that represents 15 local teachers' associations (Enclosure C). We have also provided copies of HRBRRD correspondence (including internal HRBRRD documents secured through the FOIL process) along with other related information to the legal department of the New York State Council of School Superintendents and to the Director of Governmental Relations for the New York State School Boards Association for their guidance and review. In addition, we have enlisted the services of legal counsel through the law offices of Girvin and Ferlazzo of Albany, with the directive that all possible channels be explored as we seek recovery of these legally-mandated tax payments.
 
We steadfastly maintain that, although HRBRRD may be of the opinion that it has the legal authority to "defer" payment of its school taxes, as educators, we cannot, and will not, "defer" the education of our students, whose successful preparation is as critical to our future as are any HRBRRD operations to the greater lake communities or downstream beneficiaries. Nor will we stand idly by and watch the erosion of our high quality districts and their programs that have taken the efforts of hundreds of committed educators to build over many years of dedicated service.
 
In that light, we seek, minimally, payment of the outstanding school taxes due our districts or, failing that, special legislation passed that would guarantee payment in lieu of taxes. In addition, as our quest for relief proceeds, we respectfully request that our districts be exempted from any mid-year cuts in NYS school aid that may be implemented.
 
We would appreciate a prompt response to this letter, and remain on call should you need any further information or clarification.
 
Thank you in advance for your diligent attention to this matter. We look forward to the assistance you can provide to us in securing a positive resolution to what we hope you would all agree is, at best, a most alarming situation.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Mr. Stephen Tomlinson, Superintendent of Schools, Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
Mr. Randy Teetz, Superintendent of Schools, Edinburg Common School District
Mr. Earl Sussman, Superintendent of Schools, Hadley-Luzerne Central School District
Mr. Paul Williamsen, Superintendent of Schools, Mayfield Central School District
Mrs. Kathy Dougherty, Superintendent of Schools, Northville Central School District
Mr. Gavin Murdoch, Superintendent of Schools, Wells Central School District
 
 
Cc:  Mr. Glenn LaFave, Executive Director, HRBRRD
       Board Members, Hudson River Black River Regulating District   
       Board of Education Members, Sacandaga Lake School Districts
       Kris Lanchantin, Girvin & Ferlazzo, Attorneys at Law
       New York State Council of School Superintendents
       New York State School Boards Association
       Dr. Geoffrey Davis, HFM BOCES District Superintendent
       Mr. G. Wallace Hart, President, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce
       Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Teachers Association Cluster
       Mr. John Callery, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Supervisors
       Mr. Arthur Johnson, Chairman, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
       Mr. Dick Smith, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
       Mr. Joe Sullivan, Co-Chair, Sacandaga Protection Committee
       Mr. Peter Byron, President, Great Sacandaga Lake Association
       Leader-Herald Newspaper
       Sacandaga Express Newspaper
       Amsterdam Recorder Newspaper
       Schenectady Gazette Newspaper
       Albany Times-Union Newspaper
       New York Times Newspaper
       Capital News 9, Albany
       News Channel 6, Schenectady
       News Channel 10, Albany
       News Channel 13, Albany
   

 

 

 

State Aid Update for 2011-2012

Please allow me to provide you with an update regarding the status of our state aid for the
2011-2012 school year.

As you may know, the Governor's proposed budget included a 1.5 billion cut in state aid to
local school districts, under the title "Gap Elimination Adjustment" or GEA. The actual impact
of that cut on our district was approximately 11% once all factors were taken into account,
not the 2.9% as initially stated by the Governor's office.

At great issue is the fact that most rural, central upstate school districts, as well as small city
districts around the state suffered a vastly disproportionate share of the projected cuts as
contrasted with other much wealthier districts. For example, the Northville District share of
the cuts represents $1247 per student on an overall budget of 9 million. However, the
Tuckahoe district, a downstate district of similar size to us but with a budget of 16 million, is
projected to lose only $396 per student. The Fonda-Fultonville District is projected to lose
$1871 per student, as contrasted with the similar sized downstate Bronxville District, whose
budget is nearly double FFCS's but which is projected to lose only $245 per student.

Jim Beirlein, SHeldon Ginter and I joined with Fulton County Chamber of Commerce
President Wally Hart, representatives from the HFM BOCES administration and BOE, the
Superintendents and BOE members of the B-P and FFCS Districts on Sunday and Monday
at the New York State School Boards Association State Issues Conference in Albany. Our
goal was to meet with our local legislators to present a complete and accurate accounting of
the disproportionality of the proposed GEA cuts, and to advocate as strongly as possible for a
change in the formula that was used to calculate these cuts.

We met for over an hour with Assemblyman Butler, Senator Farley and Senator John
Flanagan, who serves as Chair of the Senate Education Committee. The group reviewed the
data with them, and cited examples of the impact that these cuts will have on our individual
districts. Our request to them was to refuse to accept the current formula, and to work
diligently to create a formula that will consider factors such as poverty levels (free-reduced
lunch numbers), local income data, and other important factors that limit the ability of local
taxpayers such as ours to make up for the lost state aid. We are also advocating that if the
tax cap is enacted, there must be substantive mandate relief that will actually make a real
difference in our current mandated costs.

I'd like to be able to tell you that we were wholly successful in our quest for equity, but I
cannot do so. I can state, however, that Sen. Flanagan did make the statement that, "We
need to find a compromise on the inequity of the GEA cuts."

Our advocacy work continues. We have been invited by Wally Hart to attend a meeting with
the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors tomorrow morning at 8 AM, at which time we
will discuss their endorsement of the tax cap proposal and what that means to local districts.
We have also scheduled a press conference for tomorrow at 11 AM at BOCES to state our
opposition to the proposed GEA cuts, and to publicly solicit the support of our legislators to
fight the inequities.

In the meantime, every letter, phone call, email or other form of contact with Senators Farley
and Flanagan and Assemblyman Butler helps. A simple but heartfelt expression of objection
to the proposed cuts makes a big difference. Yours just might be the letter that convinces our
legislators to adjust the formula and equalize the cuts. Every voice counts.

Thanks for listening.
 
Kathy Dougherty
Superintendent
Northville Central School

 

 

FROM:                       Kathy Dougherty, Superintendent of Schools

                                 Northville Central School District

                                 Ph: 518-863-7000 x 4121

RE:                            Public Budget Forum Held

 
DATE:                        Feb. 15, 2011
 

The Northville Central School District held a Public Budget Forum at 6 PM on Tuesday, February 15 in the school auditorium.

The purpose of the Forum was to present information that is either directly or tangentially related to the 2011-2012 budget, including portions of data taken from the following information:

  • A historical perspective on the district’s revenues since 2006, including NY State aid, tax levies and STAR funding
  • A historical perspective on the district’s expenditures since 2006 by amount and percentage of the budget, including breakdowns by the budget categories such as salaries and benefits; building maintenance and operations; special education costs; BOCES fees; curriculum and development and supervision; transportation; debt service
  • The historical change and projected change in assessed values and full values of all district properties since 2006 by township, including a discussion of equalization rates and their impact upon district revenues
  • An analysis of fund balances and reserves since 2006
  • The impact of the NY State Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) on state aid allocations
  • Projections of revenues, expenses and fund balances from 2011-2016
  • Projections of the costs of employee benefits through 2016, including health insurance and mandated retirement system contributions
  • Comparisons of projected revenues versus expenditures through 2016
  • The impact of the outstanding Hudson River – Black River Regulating District tax payments on the district budget

The information was presented by Mr. Bruce Ellsworth, NCS Business Manager; Mrs. Kathy Dougherty, NCS Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Richard Timbs, the district’s Project Financial Advisor; and members of the NCS Board of Education. Dr. Timbs retired as District Superintendent of the Erie 2- Chautaugua- Cattataugus BOCES, which is located in western NY, after a lengthy and distinguished career as a school district administrator. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, an independent agency that provides financial research and guidance to member school districts and other policy-making entities.

The Forum also included an open period for public comment on these topics, as well as for the solicitation of comments and suggestions related to budget priorities and district spending. Questions related to the Forum may be addressed to Superintendent Kathy Dougherty at 863-7000 x 4121, or by email at kdougherty@northvillecsd.k12.ny.us.