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WVCS board adopts $9m budget

WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education adopted its 2018-19 budget during their meeting April 17.

District Business Official Ann O’Brien presented the final summary of the budget to the board. The 2018-19 budget will be $9,184,125, a 0.97 percent increase from last year.

Since the board held its last meeting, the New York State Legislature passed its budget, with WVCS getting an additional $52,738 in state aid.

In total, the district is set to have an increase of $106,042 in general fund revenue, before the tax levy, in its 2018-19 proposed budget compared to the 2017-18 budget.  O’Brien said compared to the adopted 2017-18 budget, the district will see an increase of $61,391 in foundation aid, $30,206 in BOCES aid and $62,853 in transportation aid.

After discussing other sections of the budget at previous meetings, O’Brien presented the final section of the budget to the board at its most recent meeting. One of the biggest changes from last year’s budget will be a $150,982.72 increase in the special education program. In previous years, the district has had a significant surplus, but when projecting the remainder of this year, the surplus is decreasing as costs are increasing, with those numbers continuing to go up next year.

“It doesn’t take that many students for these numbers to skyrocket really quickly depending on their needs,” O’Brien said. “At [2018-19], I see it even going up more and that is why we needed an increase in that area … I don’t have cushion there at this point.”

The tax levy for the 2017-18 school year is set to increase by $60,225, a two percent increase.

The annual budget hearing will be Monday, May 7 before the budget vote on May 15 from 12-9 p.m. in the WVCS gymnasium.

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Along with the budget, there will be a proposition to purchase one 22-passenger school bus at an estimated combined cost of $55,732.

Two seats on the board of education will also be up for vote in 2018-19. The seat previously held by Teaseleman Jackson-McCarty for a five-year term will be on the ballot, with Jackson-McCarty and Gary Niesyty running for the seat. A second seat, formerly held by Brad Frank, for a five-year term will also be on the ballot. The term for this seat will start immediately after the May 15 vote, with Mike Harmony submitting a petition for the seat. Frank resigned from the board Dec. 11, 2017 due to military obligations.

In other news:

– The board accepted the resignation of Amy Butler from her elementary teacher position for the purpose of retirement.

– WVCS Superintendent Eric Lawton reported he recently spoke with Castallo & Silky LLC Education Consultants about setting up a presentation of the pre-annexation study. Lawton said they are figuring out a date that will work for everyone and will announce the meeting date when finalized.

– The board approved Ryan Winchip as the Ellicottville modified baseball coach for the 2018 spring season.

The next WVCS board of education meeting will be held May 7 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, starting with the annual budget hearing and followed by the regular meeting.

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