Wynantskill Union Free School District Budget Hearing May 5, 2009 Library Media Center, 7PM We have two significant problems facing us as we develop our school budget for 2009-2010 and beyond: 1) We have declining enrollment in our district and most notably in our K-8 building. • We will have about 50 fewer students attending Gardner Dickinson next year, as compared to last year • Within the next 2 years, we project that we will have 20--25% less students attending Gardner Dickinson than we did in 05-06 2) We are in the middle of a state (federal and world) economic crisis • We will be receiving no increase in state aid in 2009-2010 • Future revenue sources are diminishing due to both our enrollment and the current economic crisis Total GD Enrollment Trend 450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Projected Projected Projected Projected Total Enrollment K-12 Trend 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 Trend Overview of Budgets for Wynantskill • Over the past 3-4 years, our expenditures increase each year by about an average of $300,000 • Our revenue increases each year are about the same; mostly through state aid and property tax increases and the allocation of district fund balance last year • Our recent tax levy increases have been in the 3.3---3.9% range • Long term budget projections indicate that, over the next years, the expenditure budget trend is likely to continue, due to several factors such as High School Tuitions, Special Education, Fuel & Benefits • Long term revenue projections are diminishing due to less state aid connected to declining enrollment and to the current economic situation • Based on the information available, the long term needed tax levy increases over the next number of years are predicted to be in the 6.5—9.5% range Our Educational Program at Gardner Dickinson Since 2003-2004 school year, we have been redefining our district priorities by implementing specific and continuous improvements in the quality of our educational program and in providing proper and reasonable fiscal support for those improvements. Going forward, we need to continue to: • Improve the quality of our instruction • Support the programs & services that provide the most benefit to our students • Balance our budgets, which means: 1. Continued scrutiny, tracking and projecting of each part of our expenditures, revenues (including tax levy rates) and fund balance 2. Making necessary cuts next year and beyond • Work with the County/Questar 3/ other school districts to develop long term strategies/partnerships for efficiencies and economies of scale • Develop long term plans; both academic & fiscal, including consideration and study of the Governor’s recommendations regarding school mergers As a result: • We have moved from a “close to” not meeting NYS standards, as measured on the NYS Assessments, to a “high performing/gap closing” school in the last two years • We have expanded our course offerings to students, cleaned up our schedule structures to better provide and protect our instructional program • We have re-allocated resources to provide better services for more students • We have added technology to enhance our students’ learning • We have balanced our budgets by continuously streamlining expenses and maximizing revenues • We have developed broad fiscal accountability standards for both our budgets and for the functioning of our Business Office • We have been able to stabilize our fiscal status and bring modest (in the 3% range) tax levy increases for the past 3 years • We have been able to support a large infrastructure project to secure our building; bringing it up to code, replacing internal systems that are beyond their useful life and adding value through securing better energy efficiencies in the future (with no additional tax impact on our community) Cuts & Cost Containment for 2009- 2010 Proposed Budget Non-Classroom Areas • Supplies & Materials • Conferences • Computer Hardware • Co-Curricular Administrative • No new unfunded mandates projected for 09-10 • Staff Development, Conferences • Records Management, Auditing & Legal Services Capital • Repaired, Replaced & Maintained all Equipment in 08-09 • Less equipment needed for 09-10 • Completed last payment on tractor • Projecting some savings in utilities, due to new capital project Cuts & Cost Containment Continued Transportation • Bus Repairs; Fewer bus repairs needed with regular bus replacement plan • Communication System replaced on 08-09 Expenses • Liability Insurance Savings Special Education • Cuts in Questar Tuitions & Related Services • Transportation Contracts Cut Staffing Cuts (due to enrollment decreases) • 1 Elementary Teacher • 2 Teaching Assistants • Full-time to part-time Library Media Specialist 2009-2010 Projected Budget Projected Tax Levy Increase 1.5% Projected Tax Levy Increase for Contingent Budget 5.7% Projected Budget Increase (09-10 over 08-09) 1.42% Projected Increase Including New Capital Project Debt Service 6.98% * Our Projected budget is lower than contingency. Estimated Revenues Revenue Description: 2008-2009 2009-2010 Difference Property Taxes 4,402,632 4,469,632 67,000 Day School Tuition 355,000 300,000 (55,000) Health Services 35,000 35,000 0 Tax Relief 46,000 46,000 0 Transp. Other Districts 257,458 270,392 12,934 Interest & Earnings 15,000 10,000 (5,000) Other Unclassified Revenues 20,000 20,000 0 Building Aid 213,336 628,429 415,093 BOCES Aid 27,368 33,519 6,151 State Aid 1,999,040 1,999,040 0 Appropriated Fund Balance 100,000 180,000 80,000 7,470,834 7,992,012 521,178 QUESTIONS How will these budget cuts affect our school district programs that we offer? We are continuing to run a high quality educational program that includes, not only the NYS required coursework, but the additional classes and supports that we already have in place such as: • Reading and Math support to students and classroom teachers • Writing & Math Labs • Writing Elective (s) • Accelerated Math and Spanish classes • Honors English class • Moving from ½ unit Art Elective to full unit Accelerated Art (Studio) class • Band, Chorus & Lessons Will these cuts cause class size to be larger? No, our average class sizes are projected to be 19 in our K-5 and 20 in our Grade 6-8. These are great class sizes. Why is our enrollment decreasing? This is a generally a problem in upstate New York as most of our population now lives Poughkeepsie, South. We are not unique but do expect this trend to continue in the future. It will be increasingly challenging for us to maintain our program costs as our state aid is very dependent on our enrollment. Average Class Size History 2004-2005 Elementary K-5 22 (K-2=20) Middle School 6-8 22 2005-2006 Elementary K-5 22 (K-2=21) Middle School 6-8 22 2006-2007 Elementary K-5 20 (K-2=17) Middle School 6-8 23 2007-2008 Elementary K-5 20 (K-2=17.5) Middle School 6-8 18 2008-2009 Elementary K-5 19 (K-2=16) Middle School 6-8 20 * 2009-2010 Elementary K-5 19 (K-2=16) Middle School 6-8 20 * Including anticipated cuts Why is High School Tuition increasing so much next year? We are sending more students as we have had larger classes graduating from G-D, particularly over the past couple of years. For a number of years, we would send about 125 students and, going forward, we will be sending 154 students. Since tuitions also tend to go up somewhat, and we are sending more students, our tuition line is up significantly. Is our current Building Project causing our taxes to go up? No. Our building project was structured to have no impact on our tax levy, now and in the future. We do add the expense within our budget, but there are corresponding dollars in state aid to offset the entire cost incurred. All of the updates we are completing within this project add value and energy efficiencies to our school, which will help us contain costs in the future. High School Tuition Expenditure History 2004-2005 $ 840,113 2005-2006 $ 806,668 2006-2007 $ 825,389 2007-2008 $ 989,451 2008-2009 $1,123,495 2009-2010 $1,365,000 projected 2010-2011 $1,480,000 estimated Given the economic problems “out there”, what else is the district doing to plan for the future? The Board of Education and the Administration continue to work on developing long term financial projections and planning for the future. The careful work on balancing Budgets each year and working to continually develop efficiencies has been a priority for us. The thoughtful planning of the Building Renovation Project has helped us upgrade all of our internal systems, with no additional tax burden on our public. The Superintendent is working with the broader community at the Questar BOCES and the County levels in order to review the issues we all are facing and to begin to develop some further efficiencies on a broader scale through partnerships or consolidation of services and programs. School merger is a topic that also has surfaced and is worthy of consideration as we move forward.
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