Superintendent’s Corner
April 4, 2019

Dear School Community Member:

    I hope this update finds you in the best of health and spirit as we finally say goodbye to winter and welcome the spring season with open arms! The 2019-20 budget season is well underway as we head to the May 21, 2019, budget vote and board member election.


    The Board of Education and the Central Administration have been working on a budget that continues to balance what school children need with what taxpayers can afford. The District’s budget season goal was to create a tax levy with a 0% increase. That goal, I am happy to say, was achieved.
    The Board of Education, on April 4, 2019, adopted a budget of $46,471,065. This is the budget number that the public will get to vote on this coming May 21st. This budget is a 0% increase from the 2018-19 budget.
    To get to a 0% tax levy increase the Board is applying $3,035,052 from the undesignated fund balance.
    Additionally, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the building project because we have had to make some changes due to the building project bids coming in higher than expected. The project bids, overall, came in about 1.5 million dollars higher than we would have liked them to come in.
    The high bids are a result of the current market and the overwhelming amount of building projects that are going on in our region.
The District’s buildings and grounds committee along with our architects and construction manager met to discuss what our options are relative to the building project plans (given the bid result numbers). At the end of deliberations it was determined that there were not many large areas to cut out of the project without damaging the integrity of the original project.
    Remaining parts of the building project include the heating/boiler replacements at both schools, converting the steam heat to hot water in the high school, the pool renovation, the track renovation and some smaller renovations relative to plumbing, electrical, and bathrooms.
There are, however, some areas that can be reduced, e.g., painting the pool deck rather than installing tile, and reusing suspended ceiling frames and tiles instead of disposing them, etc. Our architect (CSArch) is reviewing the construction values included with the bids, line by line, to compile a list of possible alternatives for the buildings and grounds committee to review. It is estimated that these reductions in scope could yield $200,000 in reduced costs.
    The buildings and grounds committee recommended that the board raise the school budget amount for the 2019-20 school year by the 1.5 million dollars that are necessary to complete the building project. This money will come out of our undesignated fund balance. This would provide us with the necessary balance to still be able to put out a school budget with a zero percent increase in the tax levy.
    The additional monies that we would be taking out of the undesignated fund balance will be aidable. This means that we would be getting back about 74% of the monies we are using from the undesignated fund balance.
    If you have any questions on the budget or the proposed capital reserve fund, please do not hesitate to contact me. The budget vote and board elections take place on May 21st, 2019 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM), in the junior-senior high school library. Please come out and vote!

Educationally yours,

Ivan J. Katz, Ed. D.

Contact Information

Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent

Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent
845-434-6800 ext. 1215

Ms. Sarah Satz
Superintendent's Secretary & District Clerk
845-434-6800 ext. 1215
Fax: 845-434-8346

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