B'ville district gets A- approval

Quimby also suggested the board consider the possibility of forming a girls' ice hockey team. The idea would be to combine with the West Genesee school district to form a team. Quimby said it was common to combine with another school when sports are being introduced in order to share costs. Eventually, the program should hopefully grow enough that Baldwinsville could have its own team. If a girl's ice hockey team is formed during the 2008-09 school year, it would raise the budget by about $10,000.

Special education budget

The proposed special education budget for 2008-09 was presented by Robert Harris, director of special education. This budget proposed an increase to $2,970,367, most of which is from factors beyond the control of the district, Harris said.

New legislation that will be in effect for next academic year is part of the reason for the increase. Students who live in the Baldwinsville Central School District but attend a private or parochial school in another district will now receive special education services in the district where they attend school. The other district will then bill Baldwinsville for the services. Previously, students in this situation still received special education services in Baldwinsville or from a Baldwinsville employee.

Another reason for the budget increase is the increase of both cost and number of special education students attending BOCES programs and summer school.

Capital project

Superintendent Jeanne Dangle made a presentation on a potential capital project to close the meeting. She said the project was formed by the district's facilities committee around the results of the RMS survey and what residents indicated they thought the schools needed.

"(The facilities committee) prioritized based on need and put in everything we thought we absolutely need right now," Dangle said.

The majority of the aspects of the proposed capital project focus on renovations. All schools in the district are up for some rewiring of their technology network to make the technology faster and more efficient. Many schools are also proposed to get heating and ventilation upgrades. In some cases, the district will be replacing original parts that have been operational since the schools were built. For example, Reynolds Elementary has had the same boiler since it was constructed in 1966, Dangle said.

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