The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 16, 2013

Smith outlines plan to fill LCSD budget gap

Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — School administrators in Lyndonville told their board of education last month that LCSD faced an estimated budget gap of $350,000. Monday, they explained how the district could fill that gap with making only minor spending, staffing and organizational changes. 

Superintendent Jason Smith outlined a plan Monday that would reduced $205,000 in expenses and recommended the board cover the remaining gap through an allocation of reserve funds and a two percent increase in the school’s tax levy.

Smith said the district expects to save $50,000 due to a decreasing population of Lyndonville students in occupational education classes at O/N BOCES. Another $50,000 could come from a single staff reduction, with $40,000 in savings from replacing a retiring teacher with a less expensive new hire. Smith said who would be laid off has not been determined.

”It will be based on enrollment and need (for the class),” Smith said.

Another $45,000 would be saved by rerouting existing bus routes in a way that would reduce the number of routes by one, a move Smith said is possible to do without greatly increasing the amount of time students spend en route to school.

The rest of the cuts could come from slowing new equipment purchases, grant writing reimbursements and reduced conference expenses.

”We’re wringing out all of our costs that don’t effect education,” Board President Edward Urbanik said.

School Business Administrator John Wolski also issued his recommendations for use of reserve funds in the coming budget Monday. Lyndonville used three reserved funds last year to provide $230,000 towards the budget for 2013-13.

Wolski said the district has about $3.6 million in available balances, which would last for 15 years if they are expended at this year’s levels.

”We’re in fairly good shape, but using reserves as revenues without (refilling them) is not a suitable long-term plan,” Wolski explained.

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