Presentation on theme: "Merger Feasibility Study Alfred-Almond, Arkport, and Canaseraga"— Presentation transcript:
1 Merger Feasibility Study Alfred-Almond, Arkport, and Canaseraga Alan Pole, ConsultantOctober 16, 2013
2 Purpose of the StudyThis study was conducted to answer the following question: If any, which combination(s) of the three districts might make it feasible to engage in a full and complete merger study?
3 AcknowledgementsSuperintendents Rich Calkins, Glenn Niles, & Kelly HouckThe Alfred-Almond, Arkport, and Canaseraga boards of education
5 Possible District Combinations All three districts merging into one district:A. Alfred-Almond, Arkport, and CanaseragaTwo other two-district combinations:B. Alfred-Almond and ArkportC. Arkport and Canaseraga
6 Enrollment Projections Arkport and Canaseraga are projected to see enrollment declines while Alfred-Almond will gradually increase over the seven year period.
11 School Enrollment and Building Aid Ratios Alfred-Almond (650)—88.3%Arkport (504)— 91.1%Canaseraga (252)—92.6%Building aid on existing debt service is raised to the higher aid ratio of the districts that merge.New construction is aided at 95% of approved costs for a 10 year period for merged districts
12 Transportation Time & Area of Merged Districts Alfred-Almond/Arkport/Canaseraga-244 square miles(Randolph, Pioneer, Corning)Alfred-Almond/Arkport-166 square miles(Penn Yan, Addison, Cuba-Rushford, Catt-Little Valley)Arkport/Canaseraga-142 square miles(Dansville, Jasper-Troupsburg, Spencer-Van Etten)
19 Full Value Tax RatesCalculating true value tax rates is the only fair way to compare one district to the next due to variations in local assessment practices. Also, the spread between two or more school district tax rates becomes important when districts are considering a potential merger.
23 Summary-Incentive Operating Aid Total Incentive Operating Aid after 14 years for all three possible district combinations:1-Alfred-Almond, Arkport & Canaseraga $23,569,1202-Alfred-Almond & Arkport $18,358,9823-Arkport & Canaseraga $14,445,761
24 The 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 Guideline for Incentive Operating Aid 1/3 to finance transition costs to the merged district1/3 in reserves for long term fiscal stability1/3 to reduce taxes
28 Summary-Incentive Operating Aid & Tax Rate Impact Percent of incentive operating aid needed for each district in the merger combination to achieve the lowest district’s tax rate:1-Alfred-Almond, Arkport, & Canaseraga %2-Alfred-Almond & Arkport %3-Arkport & Canaseraga %
29 Conclusions-Primary Factors Financially, all three possible combinations of districts are feasible.
31 Advantages/Disadvantages Alfred-Almond/Arkport/CanaseragaAdvantages:1. Greatest number of curricular options for the students2. Larger high school provides the opportunity to stabilize extra-curricular offerings and add even more3. Student enrollment is projected to be level over the next seven yearsDisadvantages:1. Largest geographical area of merged district will result in least efficient transportation system2. Further study will have to be done to ensure that the merged high school and an elementary school will fit into one of the buildings3. Uses the largest amount of incentive operating aid to reduce tax levy and level up teacher salaries4. Politics of three-district merger are more complex than a two-district merger
32 Advantages/Disadvantages Alfred-Almond/ArkportAdvantages:1. Curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students of both districts will be enhanced2. Area of merged school district is smaller than in a three- district merger so transportation will be more efficient3. Student enrollment is projected to be level over the next seven yearsDisadvantages:1. Uses the second largest amount of incentive operating aid to reduce tax levy and level up teacher salaries
33 Advantages/Disadvantages Arkport/CanaseragaAdvantages:1. Curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students of both districts will be enhanced2. Uses the least amount of operating incentive aid to reduce taxes and to level up teacher salaries3. Smallest geographic area will provide for the most efficient transportation systemDisadvantages:1. Enrollment is projected to decrease by 9.1% over the next seven years