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May 19, 2009 Vote Results


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Budget Components

Budget Calendar

Community Input Needed

Bus Purchase Q&A


Budget Presentation 2009-2010

 Proposed 2009-2010 General Fund Budget

Administrative Compensation Information

NYS School District Report Card for the Baldwinsville Central School District
Property Tax Report Card
Local Government Exemption Impact Report
2009-2010 Budget Newsletter



 The following budget components are still under review by the Board of Education.
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 Bus Purchase 2009-2010

 2009-2010 Transportation Budget

2009-2010 Facilities Budget

2009-2010 Athletic Budget

2009-2010 Special Education Budget
Special Education Budget Follow-up Information

2009/2010 General Fund Budget Development Calendar



26- Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  • New: Transportation
  New: Facilities
  New: Debt Service


9- Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  • Review: Transportation
  Review: Facilities
  Review: Debt Service
  New: Athletics
23- Special Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  • Review: Athletics
  New: Special Education


2- Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  • Review: Special Education
  New: Instructional
30- Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  Administrative Recommended Budget


6- Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm*
  Budget topics included:
  • Budget adoption by Board
20- Deadline for special propositions and signed petitions
  for election to Board of Education


5- Copies of Budget available
12- Public Hearing

2009/2010 General Fund Budget Development Calendar
(Printable Version)



Community Input Sought for BCSD Budget Development



    The Baldwinsville Central School District is seeking input from district residents as it develops the 2009-2010 budget. The district’s Board of Education has revised its budget process to provide community members with greater opportunities to ask questions, voice their concerns, and make suggestions as the Board of Education examines each component of the 2009-2010 budget. “Community input is vital in the development of a fiscally responsible budget,” said Superintendent Jeanne Dangle.

     Residents will have several opportunities to participate in the Board of Education’s budget discussions. At each meeting district administrators will present a different component of the budget to the Board. Components include transportation, facilities, debt service, athletics, special education, and instructional. After the Board discusses the component, the discussion will be open to the public. Residents will be able to direct their questions and comments to administrators and Board members. Following each meeting, residents’ questions with answers will be posted on the district’s website at

     “Community members are encouraged to attend these meetings to ask questions, recommend changes, and provide suggestions to the Board as each budget topic is discussed and reviewed,” said Superintendent Dangle. She noted that time will be allotted at each meeting to review the previous meeting’s discussion, as well as to answer further questions and to clarify details on the budget component previously discussed.

     The schedule of Board of Education meetings with budget topics to be discussed is as follows:


  • January 26 – Transportation, facilities, and debt service;
  • February 9 – Athletics, and review of transportation, facilities and debt service;
  • February 23 – Special education, and review of athletics;
  • March 2 – Instructional, and review of special education;
  • March 16 – Review of instructional;
  • March 30 – Administrative recommended budget; and
  • April 6 – Board budget adoption


     Board meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are usually held in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. Please call the Superintendent’s office at 638-6043 the Friday before a meeting to verify the location. Board of Education agendas are posted on the district’s website by 4:00 p.m. the Friday before a meeting. Follow the link on the district’s home page,, to the Board of Education’s page.

     Board meetings are broadcast on PAC 98 the Saturday, Sunday and Monday following a meeting. Broadcast time on Saturday is 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., on Sunday it’s 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. After watching a broadcast, any questions or concerns regarding the budget can be directed to Superintendent Dangle at

     During the month of January, Superintendent Dangle will hold three public budget input sessions to gather responses to the following three questions:

  • What are we currently doing that we should continue to do?
  • What are we currently doing that we should consider not doing?
  • What are we not doing currently that we should consider doing?


  These meetings will be held on the following dates: 

  • January 7  - 7:00 p.m., Baldwinsville Public Library, Large Community Room;
  • January 15 – 7:00 p.m., Durgee Junior High School, Cafeteria; and
  • January 22 – 7:00 p.m., Ray Middle School, Cafeteria


            The district looks forward to the opportunity to receive public input during the budget process.  




Frequently Asked Questions about the Bus Purchase Proposition

1. How many buses does the district have?

The district has a fleet of 114 buses. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 78  large buses (65 to 66 passengers);
  • 4  large wheelchair buses (57 passengers, 2 wheelchairs);
  • 11 smaller wheelchair buses (22 passengers, 2 wheelchairs);
  • 14 smaller buses (22 to 29 passengers); and
  • 7 Suburbans (7 passengers)


2. How many students does the district transport daily?

The district transports 4,200 to 4,700 students every school day, traveling a total of approximately 1.2 million miles a year.


3. Why does the district need to purchase large buses?

Larger buses are made to withstand heavy use, which makes their life span longer than that of small buses; so, purchasing larger buses is more cost effective.


Larger buses are also needed for highway travel. At least 15 buses travel on Rt. 690 and Rt. 81 daily. Because of their heavier frames, large buses are better suited than small buses for this type of travel.


4. How does the district determine when a bus needs to be replaced?

Mileage is not the only consideration when determining which buses to remove from service and replace. The primary consideration is the age of the bus. The average life span of a school bus in Central New York is roughly 10 to 12 years mostly due to weather conditions. All of our buses are parked outside, which accelerates the deterioration of their bodies and frames. The salt mixture used on local roads is corrosive. Even though buses have an undercoating to prevent some rusting, during the winter, the salt and ice melt sits on the cavity of the bus working its way up the body panels and frame, which weakens the structure of the bus.   After about 10 to 12 years, buses require costly and necessary repairs to pass New York State inspection. It is not cost effective for the district to repair these vehicles.


5. Why does the district have to purchase buses annually?

The district has to purchase buses annually in order to ensure that we have enough buses in operation every school day to run all of the routes, even if several buses are in the garage for maintenance work. On any given school day, there are usually about 6 to 9 buses out of service for maintenance and inspections.


We have to annually replace buses that have deteriorated to the point where they are no longer safe and will not pass state inspection, in order to make certain that the district has enough buses in operation each day to cover every route.


6. Why are buses so expensive?

Over the last few years, the cost of school buses has increased over 20%. This is mostly due to federal mandates requiring bus manufacturers to build a cleaner burning engine that reduces the carcinogens in exhaust fumes. The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that emissions from all buses manufactured in 2010 have less then .5% of nitrogen oxide. The cost of developing this type of engine is passed on to consumers, which are usually school districts.


7. Why do I sometimes see buses with only a few students on them?


Usually, when you see a bus with only a few students on it, you are probably seeing a bus at the beginning or the end of its route, depending on the time of day.


We also transport several special needs students to other schools in the Central New York area. We use 2 large wheelchair buses and 10 smaller wheelchair buses to transport these children. We use the large wheelchair buses on routes so that students in wheelchairs can ride a regular route with neighboring students.


8. Why do the buses have GPS systems on them?

The GPS tracking and information system that the buses are equipped with provides the transportation department with the ability to locate a bus, monitor its activity and view history as well as generate and analyze data. The GPS system used in the buses is not a system that gives directions like the ones available for personal use.


Approximately 34 buses are currently equipped with the GPS system. The increased cost when purchasing a bus with the GPS is about $275. This cost is reflected in the annual bus purchase proposition.


The cost for air time and support for the GPS system is reflected in the transportation department budget.