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March 20, 2014

Superintendent: CV-S needs help for budget

Superintendent Tim Ryan presented the projected budget for the 2014-2015 school year on Mar. 6. saying that Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School needs an increase in state aid in order to meet the financial needs of the district.

“Things are going to be extremely rough in the next few years if things don’t change,” Ryan said.

Ryan also said the budget is still subject to change at this point.

“The budget is loosely completed. What I mean by that is there’s a lot of things that can still change, state aid can still change, our special education numbers and figures can still change,” Ryan said.

Ryan said there would not be “solid” figures until the end of March or the beginning of April.

“A lot of these things could change but this will kind of give you an overview of where we are,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he developed the budget based on the previous year’s usage and the projected needs of CVSCS.

He divided the budget into three separate categories, the administrative, capital and program component.

The administrative budget, which includes: the BOE, the superintendent’s office, and general administrative costs, is up 2.3 percent to $1.1 million, he said.

The capital budget includes the operation and maintenance of facilities, tax refunds from previous years, and payments on any debts such as busses, Ryan said. The capital budget for the 2014-2015 school year is $2.5 million, which actually went down about five percent from this year’s budget of $2.7 million.

The program component budget entails the instruction and support of the students, special education, transportation of students, teacher and staff salaries, textbooks, materials, supply costs and BOCES costs, Ryan said. This portion makes up the majority of the budget, Ryan said.

The 2014-2015 program budget has increased by $269,000 or a little less than three percent to $9.3 million from last years budget of about $9 million. The majority of this increase is due to an increased need in special education, as costs went up by $210,000 in the district.

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