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Copenhagen Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 7.3%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Copenhagen 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: Copenhagen Central School District
  • County: Lewis
  • Spending: $8,982,558.00
  • Spending per student: $19,742
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $1,486,881.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 16.55%
  • Local tax applied per student: $3,267.87
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Copenhagen CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 41 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $56,362.12 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $313.12 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 3 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 7.3% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $15,387 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 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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Harrisville Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 46.3%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Harrisville 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: Harrisville Central School District
  • County: Lewis
  • Spending: $8,834,257.00
  • Spending per student: $20,497
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $3,249,170.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 36.78%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,538.68
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Harrisville CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 41 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $50,746.44 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $281.92 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 19 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 46.3% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $90,867 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.0% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 950 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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Lowville Academy & Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 21.8%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Lowville Academy & 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: Lowville Academy & Central School District
  • County: Lewis
  • Spending: $25,325,410.00
  • Spending per student: $17,066
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $3,851,071.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 15.21%
  • Local tax applied per student: $2,595.06
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Lowville Academy & CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 110 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $55,636.19 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $309.09 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 24 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 21.8% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $122,023 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.5% .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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South Lewis Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 28.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the South Lewis 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: South Lewis Central School District
  • County: Lewis
  • Spending: $24,670,009.00
  • Spending per student: $22,949
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,689,835.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 31.17%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,153.33
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item South Lewis CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 94 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $55,395.38 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $307.75 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 27 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 28.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $136,368 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.6% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,345 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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Beaver River Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 58.2%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Beaver River 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: Beaver River Central School District
  • County: Lewis
  • Spending: $16,323,787.00
  • Spending per student: $18,178
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $4,656,414.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 28.53%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,185.32
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Beaver River CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 55 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $53,195.16 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $295.53 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 32 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 58.2% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $157,876 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.0% .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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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Harrisville 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, Harrisville 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, Harrisville Central School District in the county of Lewis 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 Harrisville parents, teachers, students and Harrisville community members.

 

 

Harrisville 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

 

 

Harrisville District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Harrisville 2014 enrollment:  404 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 $5,347,146 $12,074 $79,095 $476,311
Per Student $13,235.51 $29.89 $195.78 $1,178.99
Percentage 0.023% 0.014% 0.021% 0.024%

 

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

 

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

 

 

Lowville Academy & 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

 

 

Lowville District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Lowville 2014 enrollment:  1358 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 $16,165,708 $49,411 $152,015 $1,429,203
Per Student $11,904.06 $36.39 $111.94 $1,052.43
Percentage 0.076% 0.058% 0.039% 0.071%

 

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 Lowville Academy & 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 Lowville  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 Lowville Academy & 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, Lowville Academy & 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 Lowville received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

South Lewis 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

 

 

South Lewis District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

South Lewis 2014 enrollment:  997 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 $14,371,350 $32,551 $89,413 $1,308,299
Per Student $14,414.59 $32.65 $89.68 $1,312.24
Percentage 0.066% 0.038% 0.023% 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 South Lewis 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 South Lewis  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 South Lewis 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, South Lewis 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 South Lewis received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

Beaver River 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

 

 

Beaver River District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Beaver River 2014 enrollment:  882 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 $9,516,315 $30,652 $0 $876,507
Per Student $10,789.47 $34.75 $0.00 $993.77
Percentage 0.045% 0.036% 0.000% 0.044%

 

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 Beaver River 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 Beaver River  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 Beaver River 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, Beaver River 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 Beaver River received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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

 

 

Copenhagen 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

 

 

Copenhagen District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Copenhagen 2014 enrollment:  454 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 $7,436,841 $14,376 $95,042 $625,435
Per Student $16,380.71 $31.67 $209.34 $1,377.61
Percentage 0.032% 0.017% 0.025% 0.031%

 

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

 

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