Penn Yan school budget reduces positions

Gwen Chamberlain

Penn Yan Central School officials are still working on a budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year, and plan to have a final plan ready for board of education approval on April 12.

The plan that was reviewed with the board March 22 calls for $35.17 million in spending, a 1.52 percent increase, and a total tax levy of $18.14 million, a 1.79 percent increase.

The budget calls for the elimination of one Social Studies teacher position at the academy by not filling a vacancy from a retirement, for a savings of $75,000. Also, an LPN will be laid off due to BOCES reorganization, but that will not result in any savings for the district.

Savings of $8,000 is expected by reducing half of a shared BOCES tech coordinator position, and another $75,000 will be saved through changes in how the DRIVE program staff will be paid.

The plan eliminates a special education program at the academy, but creates a full time teacher aide position at the academy, a behavior specialist funded through a combination of grants, and a summer school leader in the elementary school. The Food Service Director position returns to full time status at Penn Yan, ending the shared position with Dundee Central School.

The tax levy will be offset by $14.95 million in state aid, $860,000 in reserve funds, $400,000 in anticipated fund balance, $218,576 in payments in lieu of taxes, and $500,000 in other funds.

The final presentation of the budget will be made at the April 12 board meeting. The public hearing on the budget will be held May 3, and the budget vote will be held May 16 from noon to 8 p.m.

During the vote, district residents will also be asked to authorize the creation of a new 10-year capital reserve fund to be used for future improvements. Another proposition will seek permission to purchase buses at no more than $435,000.

Administrators will hold budget information sessions in April and May.