Digest Smithtown Central School District School & Community Budget 2015 Proposed Budget Preserves Excellence with Increase Under 1% Dear Community Residents, As I near completion of my first year as your superintendent, I want to express that it has been a pleasure to serve you and your children. Wherever I go, I am proud to say I represent the Smithtown community’s schools, which exemplify excellence and a dedication to children that is second to none. On May 19, all eligible residents in the district will have an opportunity to vote on a budget for the 2015-16 school year that is 0.91 percent higher than the current year’s budget with a tax levy increase of 2.215 percent – our allowable increase under the tax levy cap law. The Board of Education and administration have worked extensively since last fall to deliver a budget that is responsible to both Smithtown students and taxpayers. Together, we have had to make some difficult decisions to contain spending, yet have done so without compromising this fine program. The proposed budget preserves all instructional programs, including Advanced Placement offerings, valuable school electives, revered fine arts programs and athletic teams, and popular extracurricular clubs and activities. Staff has been reallocated to restore programs at the high school, provide additional mathematics support at the elementary and middle school levels and meet some new regulations. Newer initiatives that focus on early literacy development and sustaining success through the middle and high school, as well as college and beyond are also supported. Once again, Smithtown’s high school seniors are gaining admission to the finest colleges and universities in the nation, while overall, students continue to distinguish themselves in academic disciplines across the board. Some of this is evidenced through the Points of Pride found on page 3 of this newsletter, as well as the monthly Points of Pride available at our Board meetings. Please take some time to review this newsletter, including the full categorical budget (current and proposed) and revenue summary on page 2. The May 19 ballot also includes a second proposition to create a new capital reserve fund that would allow for savings to be used toward important facility improvements; more information on Proposition No. 2 is provided on page 3. Polling and voter registration information can be found on the back page. For further details on the proposed budget, visit our website at www.smithtown.k12.ny.us. You can also email any questions to me at [email protected] I encourage you to attend our public budget hearing on Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the New York Avenue Administration Building. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 19. Sincerely, Dr. James Grossane Superintendent of Schools Budget Vote and School Board Elections Tuesday, May 19th 6 a.m.-9 p.m. See back page for information regarding registration and polling locations. Proposed 2015-2016 Budget Function Description 2015-16 2014-15 ProposedCurrent 1010 Board of Education 1040 District Clerk 1060 District Meetings 1240 Superintendent’s Office 1250 Asst. Supt. for Instruction 1310 Business Administration 1320 Auditing 1325 Treasurer 1345 Purchasing 1380 Fiscal Agent Fees 1420 Legal 1430 Personnel 1460 Records Management Officer 1480 Administration, Planning, Pub. Info 1620 Operation of Plant 1621 Maintenance of Plant 1660 Central Storeroom 1670 Central Printing & Mailing 1680 Central Data Processing 1910 Unallocated Insurance 1921 School Assoc. Dues 1981 BOCES Administrative Costs 2015 Curriculum Planning 2020 Supervision Regular School 2021 Supervision, Principals 2022 Supervision, Other 2023 Supervision, Special Education 2024 Committee on Special Education 2025 Security 2041 Supervision, Adult Education 2060 Testing, Planning & Evaluation Capital 14% 22,300 69,819 36,750 330,569 258,085 1,502,839 155,000 25,000 267,254 40,000 135,000 1,217,504 28,500 93,750 11,868,406 3,459,758 299,964 410,985 950,288 1,353,000 4,500 796,336 699,358 180,289 7,360,303 323,195 448,281 614,984 2,581,961 157,737 617,125 Administration 12% Program 74% THREE PART BUDGET 2015-20162014-2015 Administration 27,514,15727,313,898 Program 169,094,505167,266,921 Capital 32,889,94032,857,172 Total 229,498,602227,437,991 2 22,300 64,407 36,750 354,057 257,319 1,481,581 155,000 24,500 258,417 40,000 135,000 1,149,872 29,100 30,750 11,238,460 3,399,100 298,348 404,574 938,624 1,353,000 4,500 786,117 511,530 178,500 7,469,086 317,601 318,211 423,271 2,344,735 156,710 595,500 Function Description 2070 Inservice Training – Instruction 2110 Teaching – Regular School 2120 School-Wide Enrichment 2125 ELL 2250 Special Education 2251 Speech Services, Special Education 2254 Vocational Counseling, Special Ed 2270 Instruction, AIS 2280 Occupational Education 2310 Instruction, Adult Education 2610 School Library & AV (Media Center) 2630 Computer-Assisted Instruction 2805 Attendance – Regular School 2810 Guidance – Regular School 2815 Health Srvcs – Regular School 2820 Psychological Srvcs – Reg Schl 2825 Social Work Srvcs – Regular School 2850 Co-Curricular Activ –Reg School 2855 Interscholastic Athletics – Reg School 5510 District Transport Services 5540 Contract Transportation 8070 Community Services 9000 Employee Benefits 9786 Install Purch Debt – Other 9790 Energy Performance Contract 9791 Energy Performance 2008 9800 Debt Service 9810 Housing Referendum 9900 Interfund Transfers Total Proposed Budget REVENUE LOCAL REVENUE STATE AID ASSIGNED FUND BALANCE RESTRICTED RESERVES TAX LEVY TOTAL REVENUE EXPENDITURE BUDGET DOLLAR CHANGE PERCENT CHANGE MAJOR 2015-16 2014-15 ProposedCurrent FUNCTION 253,000 60,930,212 0 742,377 25,339,351 2,090,720 0 4,639,877 2,323,621 109,260 1,757,010 2,381,493 181,631 2,612,366 2,173,909 1,638,912 971,257 253,500 2,341,192 599,308 15,320,296 2,750 52,778,778 0 0 396,817 2,807,900 9,944,225 600,000 250,000 59,315,656 0 537,071 22,457,548 2,033,258 2,500 4,644,355 2,450,634 107,260 1,666,359 2,366,413 136,843 2,557,750 2,149,251 1,565,568 1,061,391 253,500 2,332,580 587,062 15,064,438 2,750 57,150,804 0 132,417 396,816 2,810,050 10,028,797 600,000 229,498,602 227,437,991 2015-2016 Revenue 2014-2015 Revenue 2,400,000 43,039,315 1,285,888 0 182,773,399 229,498,602 229,498,602 2,060,611 0.91% 3,000,000 40,055,203 1,500,000 4,070,000 178,812,788 227,437,991 227,437,991 3,056,287 1.36% Proposed Current DollarPercent 2015-2016 2014-2015 ChangeChange GENERAL SUPPORT INSTRUCTION PUPIL TRANSPORTATION COMMUNITY SERVICES UNDISTRIBUTED 23,325,607 22,461,776 863,831 123,722,921118,203,0815,519,840 15,919,604 15,651,500 268,104 2,750 2,750 0 66,527,720 71,118,884-4,591,164 3.85% 4.67% 1.71% 0.00% -6.46% Totals 229,498,602227,437,9912,060,611 0.91% Smithtown Central School District • Budget 2015 Proposition #2: Creation of a New Capital Reserve Fund For the past several years, the district has used capital reserve funds for facility improvements. In 2008, Smithtown voters approved the creation of the fund, which has now expired. Proposition #2 on the May 19 ballot asks voters to decide on the creation of a new capital reserve fund, not to exceed $15 million plus investment income over a 10-year period. The capital reserve fund allows the district to use savings to pay for future capital projects at various school buildings and facilities. No new taxes are generated and important projects can be completed at no additional cost to taxpayers. Sources for the proposed capital reserve fund include: • Surplus fund balance or savings • Transfers from available reserve funds • Building aid – ($4 million amnesty clause) Much like a home, it is important to maintain our school buildings and facilities over time to keep them operating safely, efficiently and effectively for students, while providing protection against unforeseen repairs and costs. A capital reserve fund helps achieve this. Future projects may include HVAC upgrades; roofing, flooring and ceiling replacement; site improvements; restroom Points of Pride Your Tax Dollars at Work About the Class of 2014 • 98 percent graduation rate; 96 percent with Regents Diplomas • 70 percent received Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation • 95 percent of Class of 2014 attending an institution of higher learning • 27 recipients of NYS Academic Excellence Award Scholarships In 2014-15 • Three NYSED Reward Schools of Excellence • Three National Merit Scholarship Finalists • 13 students named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students • 152 Advanced Placement Scholars • 34 National Advanced Placement Scholars • 164 Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction • 97 Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor • National Hispanic Recognition Awards • Seven Long Island Science and Engineering Fair winners; one Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist • 100 NYS DECA finalists; 26 national finalists • 11 All-State high school musicians • 37 All-County high school musicians • 95 All-County elementary/ middle school musicians • Two All-Eastern musicians • 18 recipients of National Scholastic Art awards Smithtown Central School District • Budget 2015 Uses savings for facilities projects – No additiona l cost rehabilitation; lighting replacement; locker replacement; playing field surface replacement; and public address system upgrades, among other important projects. No schedule has been established at this time. Use of the capital reserve fund must be specifically defined. Projects and the amount to be expended from the capital reserve fund will be advertised and voted on as separate propositions as needed. Our school district is the pride of our community. Below are some of the many accomplishments of our students: • Eight All-State athletes • 19 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent* • 17 playoff teams* • 37 varsity Scholar-Athlete teams* • One Long Island Champion (HSW Kickline) • One National Champion (HSE Kickline)* * S pring athletic season in progress 3 Smithtown Central School District 26 New York Avenue, Unit 1 Smithtown, NY 11787 Non-profit Organgization U.S. Postage Paid PERMIT No. 9 smithtown, NY 11787 Carrier route pre-sort ****ECRWSS**** Smithtown Postal Carrier Budget Vote and School Board Elections WHERE TO VOTE ON MAY 19 Tuesday, May 19th 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Application For Absentee Ballot To obtain an absentee ballot for the May 19 budget vote and Board of Education election, a person must be a qualified and registered voter of the Smithtown Central School District on the date of the election. The person seeking the absentee ballot must be approved by the district clerk and/or the board of registration by filing an application with the district clerk. Applications are available at the district’s central office, 26 New York Ave., Smithtown, or on the district website at www.smithtown.k12.ny.us. The district clerk must receive the application at least seven days before the election if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter, which for this election is May 12, 2015, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be personally delivered to the voter, which is May 18, 2015. Any questions concerning the application procedure for absentee ballots should be directed to the office of the district clerk, 26 New York Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787 or by calling 631-382-2012. Voter Registration Only registered voters can participate in the budget vote and Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. If you have not voted in any political or school district vote within the past four years, you will need to register. Residents vote at the elementary school in their election district. You are eligible to vote if you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older, • A citizen of the United States, • A resident in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote, and • A registered voter with the Suffolk County Board of Elections TO WN CE N SMI Published by the Smithtown Central School District 26 New York Avenue, Unit 1 Smithtown, New York 11787 T IC O H District Clerk Maureen O’Connor OL DIST R ELECTION DISTRICT No. 2 East of Fifty-Acre Road South and Fifty-Acre Road, north of Jericho Turnpike. VOTE AT: St. James Elementary School, located at 580 Lake Avenue in St. James. Gymnasium ELECTION DISTRICT No. 3 East of Hauppauge Road and south of Jericho Turnpike. VOTE AT: *Nesconset Elementary School, located at 29 Gibbs Pond Road in Nesconset. Gymnasium ELECTION DISTRICT No. 4 West of the Long Island Railroad and north of Jericho Turnpike and Creek Road. VOTE AT: Accompsett Elementary School, located at 1 Lincoln Street in Smithtown. Gymnasium You can also check your voting district by using our “Voter Location Tool” on our website: www.smithtown.k12.ny.us * Please note that although Nesconset Elementary is not being used as a school, the building will still be used as a polling place. Digest Smithtown Central School District AL SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Dr. James Grossane SC BOARD OF EDUCATION Christopher Alcure, President Joanne McEnroy, Vice President Gladys M. Waldron Theresa Knox Louis Liguori Grace Plourde Matthew Morton H TR SCHOOL COMMUNITY DIGEST T You may download a voter registration form from the district website. The completed form must be returned in person to the district’s central office at 26 New York Ave., Smithtown, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call the district clerk’s office at 631-382-2012 for further information. The last day to register to vote is May 12, 2015. ELECTION DISTRICT No. 1 West of Hauppauge Road (Route 111), south of Jericho Turnpike, and west of Fifty-Acre Road South and Fifty-Acre Road, north of Jericho Turnpike, west to the boundaries of District No. 4. VOTE AT: Smithtown Elementary School, located at 51 Lawrence Avenue in Smithtown. Gymnasium School & Community Smithtown Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of handicaps or on the basis of sex, race, or ethnic background in the educational programs or activities which it operates.
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