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WVCS starts ‘17-18 budget discussions

WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education began discussions regarding the 2017-18 budget during their meeting Feb. 6.

WVCS Business Official Ann O’Brien started by answering questions about the revenues for the 2017-18 budget. The state aid in this year’s budget is currently $61,957 lower than anticipated. O’Brien said factors contributing to the reduction in state aid included the cutting of a bus run – which lowered the transportation aid – and the continued decrease of the BOCES and transportation aid ratios due to decreasing enrollment.

When looking at the other revenues, the district is $69,670 higher than anticipated, which puts the general fund revenue $7,613 more than projected for revenues. O’Brien said revenues are higher because BOCES is not allowed to have any fund balance, and school districts will receive proportionately a refund of prior year’s BOCES expenses. WVCS will be receiving $95,968.

“As far as our revenues go this year, we are in line overall with what we budgeted,” O’Brien said.

While the numbers are not yet finalized, O’Brien talked about the estimated aid from the 2017-18 executive budget and how it stacks up with the 2016-17 budget. The estimated aid for 2017-18 is a $78,745 increase from last year, but O’Brien said that some parts are “pretty sad,” including having the foundation aid increase by only $31,448 and the decreases in BOCES and transportation aid.

In other news the board:

– Approved Morgan Green, Lori Smith, Angela Ghani and Emily Hopkins as substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

– Approved Casey Cummings as an additional school constable for the 2016-17 school year.

– Approved the resignation of bus driver Vernon Schmitt and the separation agreement between Schmitt and WVCS.

– Approved the senior trip to Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Ocean City from June 1-4.

The next West Valley Central School Board of Education meeting will be held on March 6 at 7 p.m. in the library conference room.

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