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April 17, 2014

CV-S considering cuts to programs

By Meghan McCaffrey Contributing Writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Cherry Valley-Springfield is still balancing its budget for the 2014-2015 school year and they are considering possible programming cuts in order to save on costs.

Tim Ryan, the superintendent of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District, projected that the budget would be about 13 million dollars for the 2014-2015 school year, which is 161,000 dollars more than last year’s budget.

In order to accomplish this, Ryan said there might have to be programming cuts.

Ryan said some of the possible cuts are for the summer programs including driver’s education and summer school. However, it is not Ryan’s intention to cut both programs completely, though the programs may be “scaled down” to summer school only for high school students and one session of driver’s education instead of two, Ryan said.

“There isn’t the funding to offer those programs fully as we have in the past so we’re trying to figure out how to reshape them,” Ryan said.

There has been no discussion of cutting staff positions at this point, just programming cuts, Ryan said.

“In the past two years we’ve lost 20 percent of our staff,” Ryan said. “We don’t want to cut any staff because it would really limit the programming we could offer to students.”

CVSCS received 7.25 million dollars in state aid, $150,000 more than the projected numbers Ryan had in March. About $71,000 of that are reserved for pre-kindergarten, so there is just fewer than $80,000 to apply to the budget.

“This certainly helped us but that certainly didn’t close the gap completely,” Ryan said.

The board of education is still considering using some of the fund balance to pay for a portion of the budget, Ryan said.

“I’m confident that the board is very aware of the challenges of our needs as a district and they understand the wants and needs of the voters,” Ryan said.

The tax levy cap for the CV-S district is 3.96 percent although Ryan said the BOE is working very hard to keep the tax percentage under 3.96, Ryan said.

“We have to balance our needs and the fund balance so we can offer students the education they need,” Ryan said.

Ryan said they must look this over carefully before they put the budget out for the public to vote on.

The board will be voting on the budget at the BOE meeting at 7 p.m. on Apr. 24. The district vote on the budget and board election will be from noon to 8 p.m. on May 20.