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WVCS board hold first budget discussion

WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education started discussions on the 2018-19 budget with revenues and the general support section during its meeting Feb. 12.

WVCS Business Official Ann O’ Brien first talked about the district’s revenues and how they compared to the adopted budget. In the 2017-18 budget, revenue from the state was set at $5,061,491. In the actual revenue received per state education reports, the revenue was $5,054,658, a $6,833 decrease. With other revenues, the 2017-18 budget was set at $3,398,997, in which the projected actual budget is at $3,506,022, a $106,578 increase.

O’Brien said a big reason for this larger increase in the other revenues was due to the refund of prior years expenses from BOCES, which this year is $114,970. Because that figure can be hard to predict, it is usually never factored into that year’s budget and instead used to offset decreases in other areas. With the state aid revenues only decreasing slightly, it leaves the district with a larger revenue increase.

“Typically, what we will do is use that refund to offset anything that could go wrong,” O’Brien said. “But this year is actually working in our favor for once because we didn’t take a decrease in our transportation aid.”

Based on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget run, O’Brien projected the revenues for 2018-19. The state aid for 2018-19 would be $5,194,127, a $55,703 increase from last year, and the other revenues without the tax levy would total $396,441, a $1,383 increase.

“It’s hard to say what is going to happen this year, but hopefully in the end we get a little more foundation aid,” O’Brien said.

In other board news:

– WVCS Principal Dan Amodeo reported students E.J. Thiel, R.J. Alvarez and Julianna Noto  were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

– The board approved Antonette Leonard, Alicia Castro and Julie Baron as coaches for the 2018 Girls on the Run program. The board also approved Steve Gregor and Dana Lembke as coaches for the 2018 Boys on the Right Track program.

– WVCS Superintendent Eric Lawton reported Castallo & Silky LLC Education Consultants is still on schedule with its pre-annexation study. The study is expected to be completed in March and they will present the information to the participating schools shortly after.

The next West Valley Central School Board of Education meeting will be March 12 at 7 p.m. in the library conference room.

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