Cayuga

Port Byron Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 56.7%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Port Byron Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Port Byron Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $18,815,502.00
  • Spending per student: $18,629
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $5,722,400.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 30.41%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,665.74
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Port Byron Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Port Byron Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Port Byron CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 60 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $54,670.15 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $303.72 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 34 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 56.7% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $170,839 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.9% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,700 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Moravia Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 31.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Moravia Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Moravia Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $20,103,577.00
  • Spending per student: $20,833
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $6,751,175.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 33.58%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,996.04
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Moravia Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Moravia Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Moravia CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 84 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $56,613.50 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $314.52 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 26 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 31.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $133,760 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.7% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,300 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Union Springs Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 33.3%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Union Springs Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Union Springs Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $16,984,941.00
  • Spending per student: $18,382
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,342,150.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 43.23%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,946.05
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Union Springs Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Union Springs Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Union Springs CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 69 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $66,685.99 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $370.48 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 23 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 33.3% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $132,627 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,150 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Auburn City School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 58.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Auburn City School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Auburn City School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $65,516,455.00
  • Spending per student: $15,138
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $27,026,437.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 41.25%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,244.56
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Auburn City School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Auburn City School District results are abnormal.

Item Auburn City SD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 300 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $59,403.13 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $330.02 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 174 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 58.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $925,127 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.4% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 8,700 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Weedsport Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 8.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Weedsport Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Weedsport Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $18,253,222.00
  • Spending per student: $19,733
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,117,686.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 38.99%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,694.80
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Weedsport Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Weedsport Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Weedsport CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 70 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $63,600.93 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $353.34 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 6 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 8.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $33,456 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 300 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Cato-Meridian Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 44.1%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Cato-Meridian Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Cato-Meridian Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $18,287,961.00
  • Spending per student: $17,585
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $5,413,125.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 29.60%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,204.93
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Cato-Meridian Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Cato-Meridian Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Cato-Meridian CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 93 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $57,016.68 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $316.76 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 41 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 44.1% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $211,950 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,050 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Southern Cayuga Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 0.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Southern Cayuga Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Southern Cayuga Central School District
  • County: Cayuga
  • Spending: $15,896,097.00
  • Spending per student: $20,511
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,192,309.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 45.25%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,280.40
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Southern Cayuga Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Southern Cayuga Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Southern Cayuga CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 77 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $54,729.89 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $304.05 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 0 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 0.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $0 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.0% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 0 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

Absenteeism group on Facebook

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Auburn City School District

 

moneycapNY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Auburn City School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.

To receive the funds, Auburn City School District in the county of Cayuga is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Auburn parents, teachers, students and Auburn community members.

 

 

Auburn City School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:

  • Acquiring learning technology equipment or facilities including interactive whiteboards; computer servers, desktop, laptop and tablet computers;
  • Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
  • Constructing, enhancing and modernizing educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs
  • Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
  • Installing high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including installation of high-tech security features such as video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls

 

 

Auburn District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Auburn 2014 enrollment:  4259 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $36,116,413 $156,579 $707,937 $3,526,117
Per Student $8,480.02 $36.76 $166.22 $827.92
Percentage 0.177% 0.184% 0.184% 0.176%

 

Not enough money.

A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Auburn City School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Auburn  taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond,  it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).

 

3 technology spending examples:

Every district is required to have a technology plan. Most districts put these documents online for public review. Within this document you can get a general idea of the district equipment, class types, personnel and costs. Once you know what your local district has and roughly how much it costs, the proposed bond allocation may seem pointless or a jackpot. Keep in mind,  mandatory pre-k costs for some districts will absorb a significant portion of the allocation.

 

District  Oceanside  Scarsdale  Fredonia
Enrollment 5,732 4,739 1,502
2013 spending* $1.5 million/yr $920,000 $550,000
Bond allocation $1.9 million $444,0000 $1.1 million

*Spending numbers taken from the district’s technology plan, which may or may not reflect actual dollar amounts spent. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As you can tell, some districts will be shorted while others will see a onetime increase depending on their current formula aid from the state. In the end, everyone will pay for the borrowed money.

Find the Auburn City School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at  Bing.

 

Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.

 
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.

The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014.  That being said, Auburn City School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the  district is planning to do with this money.  You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance.  Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.

Click here to see how little Auburn received in Race To The Top funds.

 

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Weedsport Central School District

 

moneycapNY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Weedsport Central School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.

To receive the funds, Weedsport Central School District in the county of Cayuga is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Weedsport parents, teachers, students and Weedsport community members.

 

 

Weedsport Central School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:

  • Acquiring learning technology equipment or facilities including interactive whiteboards; computer servers, desktop, laptop and tablet computers;
  • Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
  • Constructing, enhancing and modernizing educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs
  • Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
  • Installing high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including installation of high-tech security features such as video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls

 

 

Weedsport District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Weedsport 2014 enrollment:  850 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $8,655,461 $28,378 $0 $755,823
Per Student $10,182.90 $33.39 $0.00 $889.20
Percentage 0.036% 0.033% 0.000% 0.038%

 

Not enough money.

A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Weedsport Central School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Weedsport  taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond,  it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).

 

3 technology spending examples:

Every district is required to have a technology plan. Most districts put these documents online for public review. Within this document you can get a general idea of the district equipment, class types, personnel and costs. Once you know what your local district has and roughly how much it costs, the proposed bond allocation may seem pointless or a jackpot. Keep in mind,  mandatory pre-k costs for some districts will absorb a significant portion of the allocation.

 

District  Oceanside  Scarsdale  Fredonia
Enrollment 5,732 4,739 1,502
2013 spending* $1.5 million/yr $920,000 $550,000
Bond allocation $1.9 million $444,0000 $1.1 million

*Spending numbers taken from the district’s technology plan, which may or may not reflect actual dollar amounts spent. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As you can tell, some districts will be shorted while others will see a onetime increase depending on their current formula aid from the state. In the end, everyone will pay for the borrowed money.

Find the Weedsport Central School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at  Bing.

 

Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.

 
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.

The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014.  That being said, Weedsport Central School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the  district is planning to do with this money.  You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance.  Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.

Click here to see how little Weedsport received in Race To The Top funds.

 

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare

Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Cato-Meridian Central School District

 

moneycapNY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Cato-Meridian Central School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.

To receive the funds, Cato-Meridian Central School District in the county of Cayuga is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Cato-Meridian parents, teachers, students and Cato-Meridian community members.

 

 

Cato-Meridian Central School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:

  • Acquiring learning technology equipment or facilities including interactive whiteboards; computer servers, desktop, laptop and tablet computers;
  • Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
  • Constructing, enhancing and modernizing educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs
  • Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
  • Installing high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including installation of high-tech security features such as video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls

 

 

Cato-Meridian District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Cato-Meridian 2014 enrollment:  1012 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $12,355,450 $35,332 $161,533 $1,185,295
Per Student $12,208.94 $34.91 $159.62 $1,171.24
Percentage 0.058% 0.041% 0.042% 0.059%

 

Not enough money.

A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Cato-Meridian Central School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Cato-Meridian  taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond,  it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).

 

3 technology spending examples:

Every district is required to have a technology plan. Most districts put these documents online for public review. Within this document you can get a general idea of the district equipment, class types, personnel and costs. Once you know what your local district has and roughly how much it costs, the proposed bond allocation may seem pointless or a jackpot. Keep in mind,  mandatory pre-k costs for some districts will absorb a significant portion of the allocation.

 

District  Oceanside  Scarsdale  Fredonia
Enrollment 5,732 4,739 1,502
2013 spending* $1.5 million/yr $920,000 $550,000
Bond allocation $1.9 million $444,0000 $1.1 million

*Spending numbers taken from the district’s technology plan, which may or may not reflect actual dollar amounts spent. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As you can tell, some districts will be shorted while others will see a onetime increase depending on their current formula aid from the state. In the end, everyone will pay for the borrowed money.

Find the Cato-Meridian Central School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at  Bing.

 

Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.

 
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.

The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014.  That being said, Cato-Meridian Central School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the  district is planning to do with this money.  You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance.  Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.

Click here to see how little Cato-Meridian received in Race To The Top funds.

 

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrBlogger PostShare