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Chazy Union Free School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 55.2%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Chazy Union Free 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: Chazy Union Free School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $9,911,907.00
  • Spending per student: $20,228
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $4,136,007.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 41.73%
  • Local tax applied per student: $8,440.83
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Chazy Union Free 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 Chazy Union Free School District results are abnormal.

Item Chazy UFSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 44 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $49,627.37 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $275.71 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 24 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 55.2% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $113,121 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.1% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,200 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.

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Northern Adirondack Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 52.7%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Northern Adirondack 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: Northern Adirondack Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $18,266,725.00
  • Spending per student: $19,127
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $3,976,016.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 21.77%
  • Local tax applied per student: $4,163.37
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Northern Adirondack 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 Northern Adirondack Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Northern Adirondack CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 93 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $63,675.90 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $353.75 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 49 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 52.7% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $273,448 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.5% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,450 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.

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Peru Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 54.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Peru 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: Peru Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $41,586,451.00
  • Spending per student: $20,247
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $14,912,358.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 35.86%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,260.15
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Peru 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 Peru Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Peru CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 189 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $55,549.33 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $308.61 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 102 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 54.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $518,052 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 5,100 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.

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Plattsburgh City School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 41.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Plattsburgh 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: Plattsburgh City School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $38,399,039.00
  • Spending per student: $20,189
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $19,314,881.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 50.30%
  • Local tax applied per student: $10,155.04
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Plattsburgh 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 Plattsburgh City School District results are abnormal.

Item Plattsburgh City SD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 185 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $70,449.69 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $391.39 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 77 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 41.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $461,900 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 3,850 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.

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Saranac Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 23.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Saranac 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: Saranac Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $31,455,381.00
  • Spending per student: $19,697
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $11,441,401.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 36.37%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,164.31
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Saranac 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 Saranac Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Saranac CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 136 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $60,771.06 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $337.62 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 32 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 23.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $172,840 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.5% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,600 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.

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Ausable Valley Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 16.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Ausable Valley 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: Ausable Valley Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $27,934,707.00
  • Spending per student: $23,279
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $11,793,511.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 42.22%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,827.93
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Ausable Valley 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 Ausable Valley Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Ausable Valley CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 103 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $63,187.97 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $351.04 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 17 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 16.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $94,358 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.3% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 850 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.

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Beekmantown Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 74.1%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Beekmantown 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: Beekmantown Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $38,721,107.00
  • Spending per student: $19,477
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $18,334,556.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 47.35%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,222.61
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Beekmantown 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 Beekmantown Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Beekmantown CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 166 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $64,635.40 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $359.09 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 123 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 74.1% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $693,695 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 6,150 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.

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Northeastern Clinton Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 34.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Northeastern Clinton 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: Northeastern Clinton Central School District
  • County: Clinton
  • Spending: $28,499,357.00
  • Spending per student: $20,652
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $9,990,486.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 35.06%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,239.48
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Northeastern Clinton 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 Northeastern Clinton Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Northeastern Clinton CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 126 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $60,470.71 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $335.95 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 44 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 34.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $236,840 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,200 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.

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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Ausable Valley 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, Ausable Valley 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, Ausable Valley Central School District in the county of Clinton 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 Ausable Valley parents, teachers, students and Ausable Valley community members.

 

 

Ausable Valley 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

 

 

Ausable Valley District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Ausable Valley 2014 enrollment:  1147 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 $16,668,600 $33,967 $0 $1,296,170
Per Student $14,532.35 $29.61 $0.00 $1,130.05
Percentage 0.066% 0.040% 0.000% 0.065%

 

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 Ausable Valley 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 Ausable Valley  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 Ausable Valley 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, Ausable Valley 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 Ausable Valley received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Beekmantown 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, Beekmantown 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, Beekmantown Central School District in the county of Clinton 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 Beekmantown parents, teachers, students and Beekmantown community members.

 

 

Beekmantown 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

 

 

Beekmantown District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Beekmantown 2014 enrollment:  1897 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 $17,110,425 $56,558 $219,982 $1,534,655
Per Student $9,019.73 $29.81 $115.96 $808.99
Percentage 0.077% 0.066% 0.057% 0.077%

 

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 Beekmantown 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 Beekmantown  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 Beekmantown 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, Beekmantown 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 Beekmantown received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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