Silver Creek school board takes care of BOCES items, budget

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Board of Education met a day earlier than usual to take action on BOCES items and the school budget.

The tentative 2013-2014 Erie 2 BOCES administrative budget of $2,852,064 was approved by the board on April 23.

The board also voted for Jerome Brown, Ronald Catalano, Linda Hoffman, Joanne Martin, Anita Ray and Sean Wittman for the six seats available on the BOCES Board of Education.

The BOCES commitment statement and resolutions for cooperative bidding of commodities with BOCES were also approved.

The board also held the second public hearing of the 2013-2014 school budget. The total proposed budget for the district is $20,477,618, a 3.25 percent increase over 2012-2013. This equates to a 2.7 percent increase in the tax levy, for a total of $5,661,824 to be raised by taxes. This increase is below the district’s tax cap calculation and, if approved by voters, would mean a $0.47 increase in the full-value tax rate.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich thanked groups for hosting the budget presentation.

“I would like to thank the village of Silver Creek, town of Hanover, town of Sheridan and the Silver Creek Senior Citizens group for having us at their meeting to discuss the 2013-2014 school budget. The vote is May 21 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the high school lobby,” he said.

He added there will also be an elementary art show, student musical performances, a spaghetti dinner and a presentation of a banner to the boys varsity basketball team the night of the budget vote.

The budget can be viewed by following the link on the district’s website, www.silvercreekschools.org.

The board will hold the official budget hearing and its regular meeting on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school library. There will be a workshop on the elementary comprehensive school education plan at 6 p.m.

The workshop from this meeting on common core learning standards was postponed until May 22.

At the meeting the board also appointed Charity “Katie” Pawlak as the substitute nurse, Paul Hiliker as a teacher aide, John Betts as a substitute bus driver and Martha Waterman as a long-term substitute teacher in the elementary school.

Cody Hehir was appointed as a varsity baseball volunteer and Renee Serio was appointed as a jayvee softball volunteer.

The board gratefully accepted the donation of two pole vault poles from Michael Schultz.