Forestville board to discuss capital improvement project

FORESTVILLE – During a recent Forestville Board of Education meeting, some other business was handled among the cheers of student achievement and positive outlook on sports merging.

Superintendent Chuck Leichner made his opinion heard on two big topics.

“We are in the process of identifying the details of a potential capital improvement project that we plan to discuss at the meeting scheduled for March 27,” he said. “It is our intent to recommend much needed improvements to the entire driveway and parking lot area at the elementary building and to also include necessary upgrades to heating, plumbing and electrical systems at both buildings; the board will review the potential improvements with the hope of completing this work in a project that will have no tax impact.”

Leichner also addressed veterans exemptions.

“As you may know, we have received notice that the governor signed legislation on Dec. 18 that allows a local school district to offer the alternative veterans property tax exemption if it so chooses,” he said. ” In the process of researching the potential tax impact of such a decision, it came to our attention that the legislation offering this exemption is flawed and would not allow school districts to discontinue the exemption once it is initially offered; the New York State Association of School Business Officials (among others) has recommended that any decision regarding the tax exemption be postponed until this particular issue is resolved.”

The board approved authorized funds to be transferred from Capital Fund to Debt Service Fund in the amount of $5,826.93 for the remaining 2013-2014 bus financing.

The board approved authorized funds to be transferred from General Fund to Capital Fund in the amount of $100,000 for the building security project.