A regular meting of the Pal-Mac CSD Board of Ed was called to order by board President, Ms. Sharon Lang, at 7:00 PM in the Pal-mac Middle School. No public comments were offered.
Under reports, Board of Education Reports included the recognition of the Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The Valedictorian was named as Miss Carly S. Vecchiotti with a GPA of 96.5, and the Salutatorian is Mr. Benjamin Cook with a GPA of 95.9.
Under the BOCES Board Report, Board of Education member, Ms. Laura Arrington, reported that the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Board has 3 vacancies on its board, and currently has only 2 names on the ballot. No interest was expressed from any Pal-Mac Board of Education members to fill the third vacancy.
Approved Consent Agenda items were as follows:
– Approval of Consent Agenda items dated March 18, 2014
– Approval of March 4, 2014 Board Meeting Minutes, as presented
– Approval of the General Fund Budget Report
– CSE Sub-Committee Minutes for February 26, March 5th, and March 6th
– CSE Amendment Agreements dated February 26th
– CPSE Minutes dated February 7th
– CPSE Amendment Agreements dated February 27th
– 2014-2015 School Calendar
– International Baccalaureate Programmes, authorizing Ms. Lang to sign a letter of support for the application of the middle and High School to become candidate schools
– Grant Evaluator Request for Proposals; awarding Insights Grant Development, LLC as the winning bid
– Petty cash Fund; reconciling and closing Mr. C. Dolce’s petty cash fund of $500.00, and approving the establishment of a new petty cash fund to Ms. M. Munroe in the amount of $500.00
A presentation was then made given by Mr. Bricks and Mr. Brongo regarding the 2014-2015 school year Transportation Budget. Mr. Bricks, Transportation Safety Coordinator for the district, explained that the district’s current bus fleet includes 16 16 passenger buses, 1 10 passenger bus, and 5 wheelchair accessible Type “A” buses. (Conversion van chassis with school bus mounted bodies.) The district also owns 4 72 passenger buses and 23 66 passenger Type “C” (conventional style) buses. With typical total annual mileage at 628,328 miles, the district maintains a 10 year rotation schedule for its fleet. This enables the district to realize some residual value at trade in and also keep repair and maintenance costs at bay. Mr. Bricks then explained that for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, the district will need to purchase 3 66 passenger buses and 2 16 passenger buses, pending voter approval. The estimated cost of the purchase of the 5 new buses would be $430,500, and the retired buses will be used as trade-ins towards the new purchases.
In order to highlight how the 2014-2015 school year budget will be affected by the bus purchases, Mr. Brongo, Assistant Superintendent of Business, explained that the district is still exploring payment options, all of which rely upon state budget negotiations, with the budget process currently in a holding pattern until the state budget is passed on March 30th. He noted that Senator Mike Nozzolio was quoted as saying, “My objective is to eliminate the huge crater called the GEA within 2 years.”. Mr. Brongo explained that the district’s main priorities when composing its annual budget focus on tax levy limits, the restoration and preservation of programs and services, preservation of existing reserves, and tax reductions. He then demonstrated a sliding scale of GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) restoration to the Pal-Mac CSD 2014-2015 school year budget. In its simplest terms, the anticipated budget for 2014-2015 will have a budget gap of approximately $1 million, with all items remaining the same as the 2013-2014 budget. The worst case scenario of $0 in GEA restoration would require a $272,000 tax levy increase, $297,500 in expenditure reductions, and the $430,500 in recommended bus purchases would need to be funded through reserves. Should the state restore $300,000 of the GEA, the district would require no expenditure reductions or budget cuts, would require a 1.5% tax levy increase, and bus purchases would still be funded from the reserve fund. However, if the district were to receive a $1 million restoration of GEA, there would be a 0% tax levy increase, there would be no reductions in expenditures or the budget, and $0 of reserves funding would be required for bus purchases. While awaiting the state’s passed budget, Mr. Brongo explained that the district plans to continue its advocacy efforts and plans to present a full 2014-2015 budget proposal at the next board meeting on April 8th, at 7:00 PM.
A second presentation was then given by Dr. Ike regarding updates on immunization requirements for students. It was noted that on June 30, 2014 immunization requirements and guidelines will go into effect for the State of New York, Changes include additional doses of DTAP and Chicken Pox vaccinations in order for students to enter school, and vaccine exemptions will no longer be unlimited and will require annual renewal from physicians.
No other business came before the board and the public meeting as adjourned at 7:57 PM. The board then met in Executive Session regarding a Real Property matter. The next regular meeting of the Pal-Mac Board of Education will be Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Pal-Mac Middle School.
By Becky Block