Brocton Central School District voters to decide on budget plan in May

BROCTON – The Brocton Central School District adopted the proposed 2013-2014 general fund budget in the amount of $15,298,333. The budget will go to a vote on May 21. The budget is an almost 4 percent increase over last year, but the increase to the tax levy is slightly under 2 percent (1.99 percent). The district could have increased the tax levy by 6.1 percent and still have been within the property tax cap regulations.

Under the proposed budget, the district will use reserves in the amount of $195,440 and the unrestricted fund balance in the amount of $460,000 to offset property taxes.

The state aid increase that came with the final state budget will be used to reduce the amount of reserves used to offset the tax levy.

“Nothing has changed since the last budget presentation.” DeLand said.

Board member Susan Hardy suggested the budget hearing on May 14 be held in the newly refurbished band room. “The band room is gorgeous,” she said. This would give the public a chance to see the progress with the building project.

District Clerk Linda Miller reminded those present that petition packets to seek election to the school board are still available in the district office.

Those seeking a board seat must return the completed packet by today at 5 p.m. to be on the ballot. There are two seats on the board at stake.

The board also approved the agreement with BOCES to provide certain services to the district.

The board accepted a Discovery Pathway to Financial Success Grant in the amount of $14,000. The money will be used to purchase computer hardware and software for the business classes. Diane Eades, business teacher, wrote and won the grant.

In personnel matters:

Substitute applications were approved for David Newcomb, who will be certified in math, and Linda Okon, who holds permanent certification in pre-k through 6th grades.

Kenneth Kowal was appointed to the coaching position for girls modified softball for this season on Step 1 of the 2010-2013 Brocton Teachers’ Associa-tion contract. Board member Michael Riforgiato voted nay.

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