Important Items of Note This presentation represents the preliminary planning for the budget. The finalize budget is built by administration and the Board’s budget planning committee At the end of this process the full Board will approve the spending plan for the school district. This spending plan becomes a proposition that will go to the voters on May 18 th.
Important Items of Note The budget does not determine the tax rate. – Based on assessment that changes annually – Tax levy determined by the Board in August – The rate (per $1000) for this school year decreased with a levy of 3%. The approved spending plan along with other revenue determines the needed funds from taxpayers. – State & Federal Aid – Grants for all sources – Donations, Use of Money, and other receipts
Important Items of Note These budget presentations are based on changing information. – State aid runs – Federal aid and grant approvals – Needs of the district (cost of business, programs, etc) – Determinations made by administration and the Board of Education
Mission and Goals The mission of the Morristown Central school district is to prepare all students to confidently and competently pursue their goals and to demonstrate ethical responsibility to the world around them. Fostering an instructional environment that focuses on student need. Integrating technology in a meaningful way to improve student learning. Meeting NYS academic standards at the mastery level.
Goals & Strategic Plan Guidelines Initiate programs and services that are consistent with our mission Initiate programs and services that contribute to our mission Expect potential programs to have a plan for implementation and assessment of effectiveness Not allow negative thinking to interfere with the consideration of new ideas
Today’s Budget Climate February 3, 2010 Current fiscal situation – Governor’s budget calls for a $1.1 reduction in aid – Our anticipated cut in aid for 2010-2011 $204,000. – Possibility of Aid being withheld in March District Direction – Maintain as close to a zero-dollar increase as possible while maintaining focus on mission, goals, and the strategic plan (Contingent budget will be 0% - pending legislative action) Current political environment – Signals from Albany that cuts will happen
Buildings, Grounds, & Transportation Budget Central Services – Utilities – Material & Supplies – BOCES Services Maintenance – Buildings Transportation Bus Garage – Operation of the building
Playground What happens if we cannot fit the playground into building project? – Include it as an expenditure in the 2010-2011 budget Part of the budget Separate proposition for public vote – Use 2009-2010 funds not in the appropriated fund balance – 2009-2010 expenditure Impacts: BAN possibility, additional reserves – Repair current playground with insurance funds We should know if these options are needed in March