Wynantskill Union Free School District Budget Hearing May 5, by undul855


									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









      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






      04-05   05-06   06-07   07-08   08-09   09-10   10-11   11-12   12-13
            Trend Overview of Budgets for
•   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
• 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
     Cuts & Cost Containment for 2009-
          2010 Proposed Budget
Non-Classroom Areas
•   Supplies & Materials
•   Conferences
•   Computer Hardware
•   Co-Curricular
• No new unfunded mandates projected for 09-10
• Staff Development, Conferences
• Records Management, Auditing & Legal Services
•   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
• 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

Projected Budget Increase (09-10 over 08-09)

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
 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)
•   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
               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

        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

   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.

To top