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Public Budget Document
Proposed 2010-2011 General Fund Budget
NYS School District Report Card for the Baldwinsville Central School District
Property Tax Report Card
Local Government Exemption Impact Report
Budget Q&A
2010-2011 Budget Newsletter
 

 As information becomes available regarding the following budget components, they will be added.

 
2010-2011 Instructional Budget

 

2010/2011 General Fund Budget
Development Calendar
 
  NOVEMBER
30- Budget materials distributed including quotas, supplies
  & equipment.
30- Staffing needs, Instructional/Non-Instructional staffing
  needs, staffing changes and extra-duty staff due to
  Asst. Supt. For Human Resources.
   
  DECEMBER
18- BUDGETS DUE TO BUSINESS OFFICE
   (12/18/09 to 1/4/10)
   
  JANUARY
4- FINAL DAY TO TURN IN BUDGETS TO THE
  BUSINESS OFFICE
  Cabinet review first draft of Budget requests.
25- Board of Education Meeting-New: Transportation &
  Facilities; Debt Service
   
  FEBRUARY
8- Board of Education Meeting-Review: Transportation & 
  Facilities; Debt Service
  New: Athletics
22- Board of Education Meeting - Review: Athletics
  New: Special Education
   
  MARCH
1- Board of Education Meeting-Review: Special Education
  New: Instructional
15- Board of Education Meeting-Review: Instructional
  Board adopts Legal Notice
16- Legal Notice to newspaper: 4 Publications on 3/25;
  4/8; 4/22; 5/6
29- Board of Education Meeting-Administrative
  Recommended Budget
   
  APRIL
5- Board of Education Meeting-Budget adoption by Board
19- Deadline for special propositions and signed petitions
  for election to Board of Education
   
  MAY
3- Chairperson, Inspectors and Clerks appointed
4- Copies of Budget available
11- Public Hearing
18- BUDGET VOTE
 

BCSD 2010-2011 Budget Development

 
 

  The budget development process for 2010-2011 continues in the Baldwinsville Central School District. The Board of Education and district administrators are carefully scrutinizing all areas of the budget.

Community collaboration is a vital element in the budget development process. Residents have the opportunity to express their concerns and suggestions regarding the budget by participating in budget discussions at Board of Education meetings. At Board meetings from January 25 to March 29, district administrators will present a different component of the budget to the Board. At each meeting, the budget discussion will be open to the public for questions and comments after the Board’s discussion.

Board meetings usually begin at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. To confirm a meeting location, call the superintendent’s office the day of the meeting at 638-6043.

The schedule of Board of Education meetings and the budget components to be discussed are as follows:

• January 25 – Transportation, facilities, and debt service;
• February 8 - Athletics, review of transportation, facilities, and debt service;
• February 22 – Special education, review of athletics;
• March 1 – Instructional, review of special education;
• March 15 – Review of instructional;
• March 29 – Administrative recommended budget; and
• April 5 – Board of Education adopts budget.

 

 
     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, www.bville.org, 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 jdangle@bville.org.
     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?
  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. 

 

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