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Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 23.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Windham-Ashland-Jewett 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: Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $10,576,366.00
  • Spending per student: $26,309
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $8,868,874.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 83.86%
  • Local tax applied per student: $22,061.88
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 44 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $57,849.91 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $321.39 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 10 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 23.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $52,209 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.5% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 500 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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Catskill Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 6.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Catskill 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: Catskill Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $37,210,746.00
  • Spending per student: $21,863
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $16,222,564.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 43.60%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,531.47
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Catskill CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 130 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $75,053.95 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $416.97 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 9 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 6.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $56,546 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 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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Coxsackie-Athens Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 47.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Coxsackie-Athens 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: Coxsackie-Athens Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $25,088,985.00
  • Spending per student: $16,452
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $14,932,579.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 59.52%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,791.86
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Coxsackie-Athens CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 120 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $68,484.05 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $380.47 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 57 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 47.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $335,010 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.3% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,850 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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Greenville Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 32.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Greenville 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: Greenville Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $26,075,037.00
  • Spending per student: $20,276
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $14,532,346.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 55.73%
  • Local tax applied per student: $11,300.42
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Greenville CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 107 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $70,818.07 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $393.43 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 35 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 32.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $210,750 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,750 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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Hunter-Tannersville Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 16.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Hunter-Tannersville 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: Hunter-Tannersville Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $13,224,338.00
  • Spending per student: $34,171
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $9,647,540.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 72.95%
  • Local tax applied per student: $24,929.04
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Hunter-Tannersville CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 54 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $55,250.91 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $306.95 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 9 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 16.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $45,545 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.3% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 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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Cairo-Durham Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 42.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Cairo-Durham 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: Cairo-Durham Central School District
  • County: Greene
  • Spending: $27,243,119.00
  • Spending per student: $18,685
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $11,600,329.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 42.58%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,956.33
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Cairo-Durham CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 132 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $61,424.65 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $341.25 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 56 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 42.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $304,730 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.1% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,800 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 Cairo-Durham 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, Cairo-Durham 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, Cairo-Durham Central School District in the county of Greene 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 Cairo-Durham parents, teachers, students and Cairo-Durham community members.

 

 

Cairo-Durham 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

 

 

Cairo-Durham District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Cairo-Durham 2014 enrollment:  1330 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 $13,146,477 $36,821 $61,824 $1,293,077
Per Student $9,884.57 $27.68 $46.48 $972.24
Percentage 0.063% 0.043% 0.016% 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 Cairo-Durham 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 Cairo-Durham  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 Cairo-Durham 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, Cairo-Durham 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 Cairo-Durham received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

Catskill 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

 

 

Catskill District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Catskill 2014 enrollment:  1555 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 $16,162,026 $43,370 $115,007 $1,295,692
Per Student $10,393.59 $27.89 $73.96 $833.24
Percentage 0.061% 0.051% 0.030% 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 Catskill 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 Catskill  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 Catskill 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, Catskill 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 Catskill received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

Coxsackie-Athens 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

 

 

Coxsackie-Athens District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Coxsackie-Athens 2014 enrollment:  1481 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 $8,792,082 $40,520 $0 $832,993
Per Student $5,936.58 $27.36 $0.00 $562.45
Percentage 0.039% 0.048% 0.000% 0.042%

 

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 Coxsackie-Athens 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 Coxsackie-Athens  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 Coxsackie-Athens 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, Coxsackie-Athens 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 Coxsackie-Athens received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

Greenville 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

 

 

Greenville District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Greenville 2014 enrollment:  1219 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 $10,848,133 $36,329 $110,592 $1,058,561
Per Student $8,899.21 $29.80 $90.72 $868.38
Percentage 0.049% 0.043% 0.029% 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 Greenville 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 Greenville  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 Greenville 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, Greenville 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 Greenville received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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