A Message From Superintendent Peter Morgante
A well-rounded, quality education provides excellent classroom learning experiences and also exposes students to the arts via art classes, band, chorus, drama; extracurricular activities via class and club activities and athletic competition via sports team opportunities. In this newsletter you will find articles on all of these areas!
Second Team Lucas Trombley
Honorable Mention: Spencer Sticek
First Team Kayla Mansfield
Second Team Alex Bentham
Honorable Mention Kaleigh Brunswick, Kaitlyn Hoth, Laural Killock,
Sportsmanship Aaren Waterman
Wrestling (w/Cattaraugus-Little Valley)
First Team Matt Booth
Second Team Alex Kelly
Third Team Logan Martin, Gabe Grey
The Board of Education, Mrs. Schettine (our Business Administrator) and I have spent the last few months developing our 2013-2014 budget. This process involves examining the impact the tax cap has on the needs of our district, recalculating our appropriated and unappropriated fund balances, analyzing revenues and reviewing every line item. We are faced with many challenges and uncertainties.
One of the most significant uncertainties is the amount of state aid we will be receiving. In the last few years, state aid has not kept up with the rate of inflation. From 2009 to 2013 the Consumer Price Index averaged 2 percent, but state aid increases only averaged 0.9 percent. From 2010 to 2014 our district lost $2,673,409 in state aid due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Other challenges that we face include paying for rising pension and benefit costs and the added expense of implementing the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) and the Common Core learning standards – two unfunded state and federal mandates that school districts are required to meet.
Working through the budget process, we have held the line on spending wherever possible. We have been able to eliminate the following positions through attrition: three teachers, one part-time custodial position and one and one half teacher aides. But even with these actions, our proposed expenditures are more than our anticipated revenues.
So what does this all mean? While we will continue to use our appropriated and unappropriated fund balances to help offset our budget shortfall, we know that we need to be fiscally wise and not completely deplete them. Therefore, after eight consecutive years of not raising our local tax levy of $3,141,825, our proposed 2013-14 budget includes a tax increase of approximately 3%.
Your support of this budget is critical so that we can continue to provide our children with the wonderful education and opportunities that Pine Valley Central School is known for. Please review the colored budget insert in this newsletter. If you have questions about the proposed budget or our educational program, feel free to contact me at 988-3293 ext. 3399. I encourage you to attend the annual budget hearing on Thursday, May 9th at 7 pm in the Board Conference Room (Room #5) in the Elementary School and to vote on Tuesday, May 21, between 12 noon and 9 pm in the Jr./Sr. High School new gym foyer.