Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

  • Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

The School Board discussed the issue in closed session, then voted at an unscheduled special meeting Monday to overturn Culver's decision.

The Tioga Central School District's budget, which was also detailed by district officials earlier this month, features a tax increase as well - albeit a minute one - of 0.38 percent, which is the state tax cap for the district.

The district is in contract to purchase the property at 50 Narrow Lane, near the high school, for almost $2.3 million from John Pace Jr. and Donna Marie Pace.

Sherry Johnson, the executive director of the Monroe County School Board Association, says voter turnout has decreased over the years since the tax cap was implemented. A board seat should not be taken lightly.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights says the Laramie County School District No. 1 had an investigation opened on April 9 that involves sex discrimination - specifically sexual harassment - and disability discrimination.

"I think that potentially could get real problematic", board member Dean Loumos said of the proposal.

The time has come for voters in school districts across the region to decide on 2018-19 school budgets. Heather Soroka, now serves as vice president of the school board and is seeking a second term on the Board of Education.

Incumbent Heather Carriero has opted not to seek another term. That is not the reality, however, and we believe that this program is an opportunity to make a real difference in our classrooms, schools and the larger community. With the receipt of some additional state aid combined with funds from our reserves, the budget gap was reduced to $400,000. The proposed budget includes a total increase of 1.72 percent and a proposed tax levy increase of 2.76 percent, which is below the district's tax cap limit of 2.78 percent.

One noticeable development can be seen in the surprisingly high number of candidates running for school board seats. They would receive this check if they taught an extra class at the end of the day for the year. School Board member Elizabeth Pucci will not be running for reelection.

The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susan St.

The candidates in the remaining districts will have an easier run.

The proposed budget would increase the tax rate to 13.6338 mills. At the same time, voters will be asked to approve the district's proposed $19.8 million budget.

The hours that polls are open on Tuesday vary.

District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said the policy change is part of a routine update of policies and is meant to "codify the board's current ways of working".

Voting will be from 2 to 8 p.m.at the Wainscott School.

"W$3 hile these actions must be taken to maintain the fiscal stability of the District, the Board of Education will continue to make every effort to sustain a high quality education program for our students", the resolution said.