Sunday, April 04, 2010

BOE Meeting Tueday, 6:30PM

Will They REALLY Adopt A Budget? If So, How Big?
Who will cry into the mic this week?

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss pending litigation, collective bargaining & the employment history of a particular person.
Board Committee Reports
Finance Committee
Transportation Committee
Audit Committee
Assets Initiative Committee
MCSBA Committees

Supt's Reports
Budget Adoption*
Tax Report Card Approval
EXCEL Update

New Business
Approval of Voter Board of Registration
2010 - 11 School Calendar
Creation of a New Committee (God help us! WHY do we need another one??)

Second Read Policy 5574 Medicaid Compliance Program
Second Read Policy 1321 Duties of the Pres. of the BOE (Why do we need this? It's not like he will follow it anyway! What we really need is a capable Parliamentarian!)
* Proposed Budget Resolution (% Increase in Real Property Tax Levy = 7.61%)

Shall the following resolutions be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District, Monroe County, New York be authorized during the school year 2010-2011 to budget and expend the amount of $195,402,961 and levy the necessary tax therefore.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District is hereby authorized to undertake the acquisition of 27 new buses to include:

13 sixty-six passenger buses (Type C or equivalent) at an estimated individual cost of Ninety Two Thousand Dollars ($92,000)

2 twenty passenger wheelchair buses (Type A or equivalent) at an estimated individual cost of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000)

12 twenty passenger vans (Type A or equivalent) at an estimated individual cost of Thirty Seven Thousand Dollars ($37,000)

At an estimated aggregate cost of One Million Seven Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($1,760,000), and to withdraw from its Bus Purchase Reserve Fund a sum of money equal to Three Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($360,000) to partially fund such acquisition, and to levy the necessary tax for the remaining balance in annual installments, with such tax to be partially offset by State Aid available therefore, and in anticipation of such tax, by obligations of said School District.


Anonymous said...

Interesting reading from the New York Post:

The state failed to get a penny in education funds doled out by Washington this week after clueless bureaucrats were dopey enough to admit to the feds they would have blown more than $200,000 on expensive furniture for their offices.

They apparently thought designer chairs, desks and bookcases for themselves were more important than training teachers or turning around failing schools.

The bizarre equipment wish list was so outrageous that three of the five judges who reviewed New York's "Race to the Top" application blasted it in written comments -- focusing on 24 "executive chairs" that cost $550 each, or more than $13,000 total.

State officials also sought 15 regular desks at $3,000 each, nine L-shaped desks at $1,800 a pop and 15 printers that each cost more than $1,500. "There are projected expenses (e.g. $550 for executive chairs) that call into question NY's judgment on responsible stewardship of funds," wrote one reviewer.

Another judge wrote, "These inclusions compromise the state's narrative as a careful steward of public funds."

The officials also wanted four computer stations at $2,500 each and two bookcases -- at a steep $3,000 each -- they said would go into new offices they'd create to support the educational initiatives.

Did Waltz get hired by Albany?

Anonymous said...

Buying all these new busses tells me the board has no plan to reduce the amount of bussing we are doing in the near future which also tells me the backbone needed to make tough decissions is still lacking.
That is too bad.

Anonymous said...

It seems that they may have tanked it on purpose. Let's see, who did Patterson blame for its rejection again?

Anonymous said...

The school board and super can put a 20% tax increase out there and there is really nothing the voters can do about it. We can jump up and down and show up at meetings and voice our displeasure the but the Teacher's Unions of NYS have bought our elected officials from here to Albany with legislation that protects school budgets from angry and upset taxpayers.

We can go vote NO on this budget with the 7.6% tax increase and I am sure the school board and super will just thumb their collective noses at the taxpayers if it is defeated. We will just get the same freakin budget anyway because the laws tell them they can. So, we will be stuck with bussing kids all over hell's green acres to any school the little darlings wish to attend. The unions will get their raises and continuation of their step increases and generous health care (90-100% paid for by us) and as usual we get the bill.

AND the district wonders WHY people don't show up at meetings, don't vote and don't support our schools.

SCATS said...

To 6:43AM ~~ What is even worse is that the BOE eliminated numerous other programs & services from the budget that could have been retained if they eliminated the extra $500K needed to bus all over town. It's time THOSE parents start crying into the mics ...

To 6:56AM ~~ And it's time the taxpayers start showing up en masse in the board room too! A few calls to Robach's office wouldn't hurt either.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, the $500k you reference at 11:53, is that the amount the transportation report showed? I'm curious because I haven't seen the report.

Anonymous said...

As if we can't bus enough... Greece puts 6-8 band, orchestra and chorus outside of the regular school day, requiring yet another bus run.

Most, if not all, Monroe County districts have these groups as part of the regular day and avoid the extra bus runs altogether.

Anonymous said...

I bet they also avoid the extra costs for staffing too.

SCATS said...

To 12:01PM ~~ The cost is around $1 million for school of choice transportation.