Penn Yan has the only contested school board race
YATES, STEUBEN COUNTIES—Residents in the Penn Yan, Dundee, and Hammondsport school districts have the opportunity to vote on the 2011-12 budgets and board of education candidates, Tuesday, May 17.
Voting hours for all three schools are noon to 8 p.m.
Penn Yan is the only district with a contested school board race: Renee Bloom, Anita Maroscher, Nancy Scher, and Michael VanWormer are all running for three seats. Bloom is a new candidate, while the remaining three are incumbents.
The final budget for the 2011-12 school year in the Penn Yan Central School District is $31,305,639.
This reflects a total spending decrease of $340,070 over the 2010-11 budget or a 1.07 reduction in expenditures. The budget represents a 2.88 percent tax levy increase. The estimated tax levy is $16,114,069 or $10.26 per $1,000 of assessed value. The tax levy is an estimate because assessment and equalization rates are not available at this time.
During a public hearing on Tuesday, May 4, Assistant Superintendent for Business Douglas Tomandl outlined the budget. Tomandl said this has not been an easy budget year. The budget cannot be changed at this time. Tomandl said that is why the district felt it was important to involve the public early in the process. One point he emphasized is that the 2011-12 budget contains the smallest increase in Penn Yan history.
Tomandl reviewed the revenue component of the budget during the session. He said, “This is kind of a toss up. We never get what the state says.” State aid is estimated at $13 million for the upcoming school year.
School districts are also required to establish a contingency budget. This budget is put in place if the proposed budget fails to be approved by voters under set circumstances. Taking into account debt service, the proposed contingent budget is $32,181,543. This is higher than the proposed budget.
A number of actions that resulted in the final number were outlined by Tomandl. A reduction of positions included 14.5 retirements, 10.8 layoffs and two resignations. There was a net loss of 22.5 positions. Both staffing and enrollment have dropped during the past five years. In all, Superintendent Tom Cox commended Tomandl, Administrators and staff for their work. Cox also acknowledged the role former Superintendent Ann Orman played in the budget.
Board member Mike VanWormer added his comments. He said, “We can not just cut and cut. We must look at alternatives. Concessions are being made by bargaining units across the state.”
Voting on the 2011-12 budget for the Penn Yan Central School District will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at Penn Yan Middle School on Liberty Street. The budget proposition includes year two of a multi-year bus lease for two 65 passenger school buses. The cost is not to exceed $68,000 per year. Also on the ballot will be three three-year seats on the board of education. Current board members Anita Maroscher, Nancy Scher and Mike VanWormer are running for additional terms. Renee Bloom is running for a seat on the board of education for the first time.
Dundee's three candidates are Joseph Capurso, John Frederick, and James Hill. There are three open board seats.
There are four propositions for Dundee school district voters to consider this year.
The first is for the proposed district budget. The second is for authorization to enter into an agreement with the Dundee Library and to levy a tax of $51,9745 for the library.
The 2011 Capital Reserve Fund for purchase of district vehicles is the third proposition. This fund would have a term of 10 years and have an ultimate maximum amount not to exceed $1,000,000 at any one time.
The final proposition is for authorization to purchase two 65 passenger school buses in an amount not to exceed $215,000. The purchase would be made with funds from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund known as 2011 Bus Purchase Reserve Fund. The expenditure will have no impact on the 2011-12 tax levy.
Also on the ballot will be election for three three-year seats on the board of education. Current board President Joseph Capurso and board member John Frederick are running for reelection. James Hill is running for the third available seat.
Residents of the Dundee Central School District had the opportunity to attend a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget on Tuesday, May 3. The budget totals $13,622,927. Of the total, $4,662,2112 is to be raised through the tax levy. State aid is estimated at $8,150,507. The 2011-12 budget is $226,927 lower than the current year’s budget. The tax levy will increase by three percent. Revenue is expected to decrease next year.
District Business Administrator Melissa Lawson outlined the proposed budget during the evening session. Lawson told the group where the district has been and where it is going. She detailed some of the things that brought the district to the point they are at now. Lawson commented, “This was a tough year.”
Several cuts were made in the proposed budget. Two members of the professional staff will be lost through attrition. One position was abolished. There will be no driver education in the summer. Several sports were cut including modified volleyball and basketball and JV baseball and softball. Fall cheerleading was slated to be cut, but the coach volunteered to serve without pay. There will be no replacement of cardio equipment in the Wellness Center. Lawson said, “Every dollar decrease is a significant impact on us.”
Voting on the Dundee Central School District budget will be on Tuesday, May 17 from noon until 8 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room at the school.
The total Hammondsport 2011-12 budget is $11,989,571.
It is down from the current $12,075,323 budget. The proposed tax levy increase is 2.57 percent.
The capital portion is $1,834,526. Program takes up $8,977,663. The smallest part is administration, $1,177,382. Two areas where funds increased in the 2011-12 budget are instruction and transportation. Instruction is $5,768,432, up $51,568. Transportation is $512,168, up $33,974.
A number of revenue sources are down over the previous year. Hammmondsport school district is getting nothing from Medicaid. State aid is down $333,816. Overall, 2011-12 revenue is down $280,535. Goals for the 2011-12 budget included: maintaining core programs, being responsible to the taxpayer, streamlining operations, and being creative and proactive.
Residents will also vote on the sale of the Curtis school to the town of Urbana. Voters will specifically chose whether to approve that sale or not. There is one board of education candidate on Hammondsport's ballot: Dennis Carlson.
Voting takes place in the Main Street school lobby, May 17, from noon to 8 p.m.