By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — The budget for the Lyndonville Central School District will go to the public with a slight increase on Tuesday.
Superintendent Jason Smith spoke about the budget and several other district propositions at a public hearing Monday night.
“This budget reflects local priorities,” he said, “and minimizes the negative impact on students and parents.”
The board and the administration worked cooperatively to keep any tax levy increase under two percent despite the district having allowances to go higher than that. Smith said many areas in the budget dropped, but the increase in benefit costs (insurance, retirement, etc.) offset those decreases. All told, the district budget being presented to the public on Tuesday moves up $129,563 to $13,094,250 from $12,964,687. The difference is one percent, and it moves the tax rate four cents, from $18.33 per $1,000 of assessed value to $18.37.
Smith showed a chart to illustrate how Lyndonville has remained relatively level with its budget and tax levy for the past five years, and he praised the work of the board to keep the tax levy and tax rate increase below the cap.
He also mentioned how the budget “preserves sports and other extracurricular activities” and was crafted with an eye toward enhancing both mandated and non-mandated programs.
When voters decide the budget Tuesday, they will also decide on four other propositions.
Proposition 3, if passed, will reduce the size of the Lyndonville School Board from nine members to seven and would take effect July 1, 2014.
Proposition 4 concerns the Yates Community Library and its passage would authorize a tax levy increase of less than $2,000 ($82,500 from $80,886) to help support they library.
Propositions 5 and 6 both concern district transportation. Passing Proposition 5 would establish a transportation reserve fund for the purpose of vehicle and vehicle-related purchases. Proposition 6’s passage would authorize the purchase of a school bus and a passenger van with money already earmarked for such things.
During the regular portion of the meeting Monday night, the board heard from Middle/High School Principal Aaron Slack. He talked briefly about some strategic initiatives in the upper grade levels of the district aimed at helping the staff live up to Lyndonville’s mission statement, which calls on having graduates be respectful, responsible and ready to learn once they leave.
The board also approved a lease agreement with SUNY Brockport so the college will be able to use the old elementary school this summer.
Another agreement, which takes effect in the fall, was also announced. It concerns varsity boys and girls track and field. Starting next school year, Lyndonville varsity thinclads will merge with Medina’s.
Finally, the board wished the district’s Envirothon team good luck at the state tournament on May 30 and 31 at SUNY Morrisville. The team’s success pushed the high school concert to May 29, the board noted.