BY MICHELLE MILLER
Members of the Cooperstown Board of Education will be hosting a ‘’You Have Our Ear’’ meeting before the regular meeting when they intend to adopt the 2010-11 proposed budget. The board members are inviting district residents, teachers, staff, parents and students to discuss their questions and concerns regarding budget cuts. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6:15 in the Mille/High School cafeteria on Wednesday, April 7, before the board meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the same location.
During the second presentation of the 2010-11 budget, McPhail said a few revisions have been made reducing the overall budget by 2.75 percent, from $16,252,158 to $16,093,415.
The new proposed budget total shows a reduction of $158,743 compared to the first proposed draft, which showed a reduction in five teaching positions, elimination of junior varsity football and junior varsity field hockey, two modified basketball coaches, an assistant modified wresting coach, the volleyball scorekeeper, summer drivers’ education and a handful of aides and other district staff positions.
According to McPhail, the additional reductions made include the elimination of JV baseball due to lack of enrollment, a series of extra curricular advisors that will not impact the current offerings and removing the purchase of a bus to a separate proposition that will be voted on by the public during the same time as the proposed budget. McPhail said board members decided not to rejoin the New York State School Board Association, so the district will no longer have to pay the dues for that. Salary adjustments have also been made to accommodate a retirement and a staff member who will be remaining, said McPhail.
The technology program was given another look and McPhail said a decision was made to continue to offer the three most popular courses based on enrollment on a part-time basis.
The changes will reduce the projected tax increase to approximately 7.2 percent, according to McPhail.