The district also reduced its administrative staff by eliminating one principal position and opting to share a business manager with the Weedsport Central School District.
Elsewhere in the budget, the district will increase its guidance counselor staff by 0.5 (restoring that staff to its previous levels) and will pay $12,000 total in stipends for technology trainers as a part of its staff development.
The district will need to pay $54,843 to convert its student information system to the new School Tools program and it will transfer $75,000 from its reserves to cover the deficit of the school lunch program. The budget also calls for $45,000 of reserve money to be transferred to the general fund, the 13-14 budget used $355,000 of reserves, which largely depleted that account.
The purchase of two new buses, to replace two old ones, will cost $232,000 which would be paid for with bond anticipation notes over a five-year period and paid back over a 15-year period, Bates said.
The capital improvements project, is the second phase of needed facilities work. The first phase was approved by voters last December. The project will total $2.033 million and includes a roof replacement for Waterman Primary School, replacing a boiler and piping and ventilation, replacing the high school intercom, safety and security upgrades for the high school and new stage curtains for the high school auditorium.
The stage curtains are expected to cost $25,000 and were added because it is a pressing need and the rest of the planned auditorium work won’t be done for about five or six years, Bates said.
The Waterman roof replacement is an urgent matter. Bates reported that recent weather had created a 20-foot gash in the roof that had to be temporarily patched. The high school safety upgrades involves installing camera to improve security to the main entrance to the building.