Gowanda superintendent addresses village on school budget

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Village Board received a brief presentation from the Superintendent of the Gowanda School District during a regular village board meeting. Charles Rinaldi addressed the board on how the budget process is coming along for the Gowanda Board of Education.

“It’s truly an honor to work with Gowanda and the surrounding communities,” Rinaldi said.

He said the Board of Education is still currently working on the budget and has another budget meeting on April 10 with approval on April 17, if all goes as planned. The carry forward budget is 4.82 percent, which is after the district reduced debt by $200,000 through refinancing. According to Rinaldi, the tax cap allowable under law could be as high as 6.87 percent, but the board would like to keep it at 3 percent or approximately $141,088.

The board is also facing a budget where “expenditures are outpacing revenues,” Rinaldi said. Due to the gap, Rinaldi said some programs may be eliminated and the board is working hard to keep all programs in tact. The district has reduced staff over recent years and currently is offering staff retirement incentives. Rinaldi also thanked the village for continuing its support of the school resource program.

Mayor Heather McKeever thanked Rinaldi for the presentation, saying the school and village’s relationship has been “very beneficial.” The budget vote will be on May 21 with a proposition to purchase two buses and an 18-passenger van. Two seats are also available on the board currently held by Ann Martindale and Joe DeCarlo.

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