City School District of Albany: PASSED - Yes: 2,892 No: 1,318
Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 3,612 No: 510
Proposition #3: PASSED - Yes: 3,732 No: 405
Proposed staffing cuts: 74.6 (39.6 regular or contractual positions, and 35 substitute positions.)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $207,700,000 approximately
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +0.6% (+$1,200,000)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +1.5% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Eliminate some elective courses at Albany High School and at the middle-school level, downsize two Cabinet positions and eliminate an after-school coordinator, an assistant elementary principal, two social workers, and five teachers and 12 support staff positions in Special Education, eliminate 15 daily substitute teaching positions and 20 daily substitute positions for hall monitors.
Proposition #2- Will ask the public to authorize the sale of the former Sunshine Building in Lincoln Park for not less than $125,000.
Proposition #3- Will ask the public to authorize the sale of the former Philip Schuyler Elementary School/Albany High School for not less than $2 million.
Proposition #4- "Voters also will be asked to consider a separate $6.4 million tax-levy proposed by the Albany Public Library. This proposition is unrelated to the school district budget and has no impact on school taxes."
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 531 No: 391
Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 543 No: 351
BOE ELECTION: Gerald Larghe (443 votes)
Proposed staffing cuts: 2.4 FTE (one position through attrition, will be outsourced via BOCES)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $20,324,231
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -2.59% (-$540,673)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +1.95% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Reducing 3 of current 10 late bus runs
Proposition #2- Pending the Annual Budget Vote on May 15, 2012, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school district may purchase three new school buses and sell five of the buses in the current fleet. The three new buses each have room for 65 passengers and in total cost $330,000. To make this purchase, the district will use $160,000 of its transportation reserve money and finance the remainder with a five-year bond. The entire purchase is eligible for New York State Transportation Aid.
BOE ELECTION: Voters will also vote to elect a candidate for the school board.
Bethlehem Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 4,035 No: 2,405
Proposed staffing cuts: 56 FTE positions
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $88,203,000
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +1.5%
Tax levy increase/decrease: +3.99% (DOES need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Eliminate late HS/MS bus runs, Reduce BOCES services, high school gymnastics team, and elimination of freshman and modified sports, Chinese language program, some reductions to special ed
Green Island Union Free School District (Heatly School): PASSED
Yes: 159 No: 114
BOE ELECTION: Anita Brown - elected with 173 votes, Marcia Etman - 159
Proposed staffing cuts: 4 (1 assistant principal, 1 secretary, 1 cleaner – all through attrition. One non-instructional aide will be cut.)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $6,803,838
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -3.87% (-$274,031)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +12.47% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass). Their threshold was +13.946%***
Proposed program cuts: "Reducing spending for teaching supplies, attendance to out-of-district professional development, BOCES communications services and transportation costs to other schools."
BOE ELECTION- Green Island residents will cast their ballots for two Board of Education seats. The positions are three-year, unpaid terms, effective July 1, 2012. Board member Anita DeCianni Brown is running unopposed for one open seat. Marcia Etman is running for the second open seat, which will be vacated by Norman Stebbins on June 30.
Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.20% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Does not appear to be many, if any, specific cuts; just this – "While the plan does include a restructuring of the high school schedule to allow for more flexibility, it does not call for a change in scheduling at the middle school. The possible transition from a 9-period day in which core teachers are assigned four sections of students to an 8-period day where they would be assigned five sections of students was widely discussed throughout the budget process, but in the end, was not included in the proposal going before voters later this spring."
Proposition #2- A separate proposition on the May 15 ballot seeks voter approval to purchase ten new buses and one maintenance box truck at a total cost of $1,050,800. Approximately 60 percent of the bus purchase would be returned to the district in the form of future state aid, offsetting the local taxpayer share of the proposition by $600,480. If approved, this proposition will allow the district to replace school buses that have logged between 111,000 and 142,000 miles over the past 10-12 years. The new maintenance box truck will replace a 16-year-old model that is in need of significant repairs. The entire cost of the vehicle purchases will be bonded and paid back over a five-year period. The tax impact of this borrowing will not take effect until the 2013-14 school year.
BOE ELECTION- Voters will select three board members from the following four candidates (listed alphabetically). Candidates are vying for three year terms. All are unpaid positions. Candidates: Catherine Barber, Jennifer Charron, Emilio Genzano, Christine Hayes.
BOE ELECTION: Joseph Pustay - 104 votes, Steven Nicoll - 102 votes
LIBRARY BUDGET: PASSED - Yes: 105 No: 22
LIBRARY ELECTION: Linda DeDominicis (92 votes)
Proposed staffing cuts: NONE
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $7,673,940
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +1.6% (+$121,134)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +1.97% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: NONE
Proposition #2- Menands School District Repair Reserve– Voters will vote on a proposal to place $500,000 from inappropriate fund balance into the Repair Reserve. These reserves would be used to cover the cost of repairs to the building or to equipment that are typically not taken care of in the annual school maintenance budget. The district is required to hold a public hearing prior to spending funds from the Repair Reserve.
Proposition #3- Menands Library Budget - Residents will vote on the library budget for 2012-2013. The proposed library budget of $134,633 represents a 0% increase for next year.
LIBRARY BOARD ELECTION- Mrs. Linda DeDominicis is seeking re-election as a trustee of the Menands Library.
BOE ELECTION– Residents will elect two candidates to the Board of Education. Mr. Steven Nicoll, current president of the Board, is running in an uncontested election for his second, five-year term. Mr. Joseph Pustay is running uncontested for a two-year term to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Steven O'Connell. Mr. Pustay has been serving on the Board since Mr. O'Connell's departure last October.
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools: PASSED - Yes: 1,823 No: 1,602
Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 1,707 No: 1,598
Proposition #3: PASSED - Yes: 1,845 No: 1,403
BOE ELECTION: Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, Edward Reville, and Judith Sylvester
Proposed staffing cuts: 3 (a bus dispatcher, a bus aid, an elementary teacher. Teacher is through attrition)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $41,729,185
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -1.7% (-$708,681)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +6.8% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Insurance savings of more than $400,000, as well as the relocation of the district office to the middle school campus, the termination of a bus lease, and reductions in BOCES services and technology equipment. The creation of a six-student in-district special education class will generate $200,000 in savings by returning student to RCS from out-of-district placements, and the number of Career and Technical Education and New Visions placements available will be reduced.
South Colonie Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 1,820 No: 660
BOE ELECTION: Leonard Motto (1,526 votes) and Rose Gigliello (1,103 votes)
Proposed staffing cuts: ~41.1 FTE (~13.6 teachers, several cuts through attrition, 11 school monitor position cuts are temporary)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $91,886,594
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +0.78%
Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.6% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Reducing district supplies 5-10 percent, Reduction in Special Needs student outside placements (bringing more students back to South Colonie), Reductions of equipment for Transportation and Operation & Maintenance Departments, Adjustment to building temperature set points to save on energy costs, Reduction of Board of Education training expenses, Reduction in Technology purchasing, Elimination of Business Department (CEIP to be expanded through other departments), Reduction in athletic training services, Further reduction of field trips, Reduction in UPK slots (universal pre-k) from 188 to 144.
Proposed staffing cuts: There are "some", no exact number yet available.
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $21,868,403
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +2.83% (+$602,181)
Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.43% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Freshman basketball, boys volleyball, various activity clubs, non-instructional cuts (a small amount of BOCES funds, IT, support services)
Proposition #2- Bus Purchase Proposition: The proposal seeks community approval to purchase two 60-passenger buses and one Suburban at a cost not to exceed $250,000 as part of the district's ongoing bus replacement plan.
Proposition #3- Building Project Reserve Fund: The district would like to close its current Land Acquisition Fund, which currently has a balance of $250,000, and create a Building Project Reserve Fund for the purpose of paying the cost of future building projects. No expenditure can be made from this fund without voter approval.
Proposition #4- Repair Reserve Fund: The Repair Reserve Fund was created in 2009 for the anticipated maintenance and repair of district facilities. The proposition asks voters to authorize the transfer of up to $250,000 from the unallocated fund balance at the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year in order to replenish the reserve for future repairs. Voter approval is required for this transfer.
Note: District is also switching over to full-day kindergarten from half-day. Received a one-time $189,769 grant from New York State in conversion aid. The one-time grant is given to school districts who want to make the switch. This is happening no matter what happens with the budget.
Watervliet City School District: PASSED - Yes: 234 No: 95
Proposition #1: PASSED - Yes: 242 No: 75
BOE ELECTION: Jennifer Donovan (297 votes) and Matthew Ethier (309 votes)
Proposed staffing cuts: 14 FTE (six full-time teachers and four full-time teaching assistants)
Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $23,136,179
Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +0.5%
Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.69% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
Proposed program cuts: Two elementary bus routes, elementary summer school, guidance summer hours would be reduced by 25 percent, BOCES communications service would be reduced by 20 percent and BOCES tech service would be reduced by 14 percent. A number of other BOCES services would be eliminated, including a part-time BOCES speech therapist, an occupational therapist and an energy conservation consultant.
Proposition #2: Bus lease referendum: The district is seeking approval for a new lease on three new buses as the current lease is expiring.
BOE ELECTION- Two candidates are running unopposed for two open seats. Incumbent Jennifer Donovan is seeking re-election and candidate Matthew Ethier is running for a first term on the board.
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