We also learned from that budget that there is a 23.39 percent decrease in funds allocated for textbooks. Yet we could not find any mention of this in the newsletter. We hope that the drop in funds for textbooks is a result of recent textbook purchases which would decrease the need for new ones in the upcoming budget.
And while some items in the budget are down, we did note in the budget that salaries are up for both administration and support staff. Additionally the cost for interscholastic athletics is up 7.28 percent and employee benefits have risen 8.96 percent, led by a 12.04 percent increase in health insurance premiums. And when it is all added up, the budget increases almost another half million dollars at the same time enrollment is predicted to decease another 2 percent in the upcoming school year. It does give one pause.
The second issue upon which CCS voters must decide concerns the two seats which are up this year on the school board. Both incumbents, Theresa Russo and Jean Schifano, are running as are new comers, Tim Hayes and David Petri. Thus, voters will have to make a decision not only on the budget but also on who they would like to see serve on the school board going forward.
And while voting on the school budget and candidates for the school board is an annual event, the third issue on the ballot this year is completely new. Voters are being asked to make a decision on whether or not to pass a resolution, based on education law 259, for a new funding source for the two public libraries which are chartered to serve areas existing primarily within the CCS district. This funding would be paid by a new property tax on property owners in the school district. These two libraries, namely the Village of Cooperstown Library and the Kinney Memorial Library, would continue to be administered by the current library boards.