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Elba Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 13.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Elba 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: Elba Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $9,511,835.00
  • Spending per student: $19,452
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $2,714,148.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 28.53%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,550.40
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Elba CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 46 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $45,817.30 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $254.54 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 6 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 13.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $26,869 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.3% .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.

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Le Roy Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 10.2%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Le Roy 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: Le Roy Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $20,952,218.00
  • Spending per student: $16,117
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $8,866,616.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 42.32%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,820.47
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Le Roy CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 108 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $44,915.17 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $249.53 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 11 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 10.2% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $48,648 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 550 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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Pavilion Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 20.7%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Pavilion 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: Pavilion Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $15,704,015.00
  • Spending per student: $19,630
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $4,894,586.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 31.17%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,118.23
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Pavilion CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 82 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $51,119.84 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $284.00 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 17 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 20.7% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $81,694 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.5% .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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Pembroke Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 39.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Pembroke 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: Pembroke Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $19,675,568.00
  • Spending per student: $19,676
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,353,068.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 37.37%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,353.07
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Pembroke CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 86 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $41,966.29 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $233.15 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 34 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 39.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $144,177 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.7% .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.

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Alexander Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 29.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Alexander 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: Alexander Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $16,483,028.00
  • Spending per student: $18,294
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $5,575,886.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 33.83%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,188.55
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Alexander CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 107 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $48,320.87 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $268.45 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 32 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 29.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $148,248 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.9% .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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Batavia City School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 34.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Batavia 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: Batavia City School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $39,641,594.00
  • Spending per student: $16,670
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $18,061,354.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 45.56%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,595.19
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Batavia City SD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 214 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $57,749.98 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $320.83 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 74 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 34.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $385,894 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.0% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 3,700 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.

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Byron-Bergen Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 20.2%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Byron-Bergen 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: Byron-Bergen Central School District
  • County: Genesee
  • Spending: $20,387,650.00
  • Spending per student: $18,721
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,555,910.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 37.06%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,938.39
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Byron-Bergen CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 99 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $64,457.24 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $358.10 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 20 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 20.2% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $112,576 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.6% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,000 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 Alexander 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, Alexander 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, Alexander Central School District in the county of Genesee 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 Alexander parents, teachers, students and Alexander community members.

 

 

Alexander 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

 

 

Alexander District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Alexander 2014 enrollment:  849 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 $9,505,389 $29,732 $76,982 $961,925
Per Student $11,195.98 $35.02 $90.67 $1,133.01
Percentage 0.046% 0.035% 0.020% 0.048%

 

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

 

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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Batavia 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, Batavia 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, Batavia City School District in the county of Genesee 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 Batavia parents, teachers, students and Batavia community members.

 

 

Batavia 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

 

 

Batavia District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Batavia 2014 enrollment:  2383 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 $23,744,984 $99,096 $369,252 $2,133,393
Per Student $9,964.32 $41.58 $154.95 $895.26
Percentage 0.102% 0.116% 0.096% 0.107%

 

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

 

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

 

 

Byron-Bergen 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

 

 

Byron-Bergen District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Byron-Bergen 2014 enrollment:  1007 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 $11,648,129 $34,165 $80,976 $1,060,464
Per Student $11,567.16 $33.93 $80.41 $1,053.09
Percentage 0.050% 0.040% 0.021% 0.053%

 

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 Byron-Bergen 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 Byron-Bergen  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 Byron-Bergen 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, Byron-Bergen 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 Byron-Bergen received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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