While developing the 2023-24 budget we have taken into consideration the status of the economy, inflation, interest rates and have been sensitive to the financial and economic needs of our communities. We have focused on maintaining all student programs and using grants to create additional opportunities to fund academic supports, summer programs, and field trips.
However, this year multiple budget lines in the general budget have increased due to a rise in the costs of heating oil, gas, electric, health insurance premiums, contractual obligations and the overall cost of materials and supplies. With that being said, we have worked to keep our tax levy increase to a minimum.
We have two retirements: speech teacher, and Director of Special Education. The Director of Special Education position will no longer be an administrative position. The position will be Committee on Special Education Chairperson (CSE Chair).
Included in the budget are programs to support tracking student data and benchmarks (Branching Minds), a district wide communication platform (ParentSquare), continuation of support of the Positivity Project .
The CARES Act (CRRSA and ARP grants) are continuing to assist in offsetting some long term spending such as STEM initiatives (LEGO Education), curriculum resources and trainings, art room tables, band instruments, field trips, classroom Digimaster system is a wireless system that helps students hear better in noisy situations and cardio equipment for the weight room.
We will be trading in two 7-year old buses; one 65-passenger wheelchair bus and one 30-passenger bus. We will be purchasing one 65-passenger bus and one 30-passenger bus with 2 wheelchair accommodations.
Looking long term we are in the middle of putting together our next Capital Project that will go out to vote next fall. The project will include a new playground, new lockers in the secondary, replacing windows, parking lot and sidewalk replacement, and replacing doors at the bus garage. We have created a priority list from our 5 year building conditional survey and we are waiting to hear back regarding pricing.
Thank you to our families and community for supporting our school and students. We are fortunate to live in an area where education is valued. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with you to make CVS the best it can be. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 607-264-9332, ext. 501 or email me at [email protected].
The development of the 2022-23 budget has been challenging due to the recent changes in our economy. Throughout the process we have been sensitive to the financial and economic needs of our communities. We have taken into consideration the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES ACT) funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) grants. We have focused on maintaining all student programs and using the grants to create additional opportunities such as enrichment and summer programs for students without affecting the general budget. The last two years we have been able to remain at zero percent increases.
However, this year multiple budget lines in the general budget have increased due to an increase in health insurance premiums, Medicare Part B reimbursements and negotiated contracts. In order to balance the budget we will unfortunately need an increase in taxes.
We have five retirements: one cafeteria worker (cook), one social studies teacher, one math teacher, and two special education teachers.
Included in the budget is a distance learning room to receive and transmit classes with other school districts.
The CARES Act (CRRSA and ARP grants) are assisting in offsetting some long term spending.
The buses we are looking to purchase will replace one five-year lease return and one seven-year old propane bus. We will no longer have any propane buses in our fleet.
We are also looking to purchase a seven passenger vehicle to replace the seven-year old passenger van.
The resolution pertaining to the local libraries requires the district to collect an annual tax, year after year, separate and apart from the annual school district budget, in the amount of $60,000, of which $30,000 shall be paid to Cherry Valley Memorial Library and $30,000 will be paid to Springfield Library for the support and maintenance of the libraries. This proposition is not connected to the school budget. By law we are required to honor this request and include the proposition for the voters of the district.
We have persevered through another school year with the pandemic. Thank you to everyone for their patience and support. With everyone working together we have been able to continue to support our students both academically and emotionally. We are looking forward to moving ahead and creating additional opportunities for our students. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 607-264-9332, ext. 501 or email me at [email protected].
Budget Hearing 2022.pptx.pdf