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Tri-Valley Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 53.7%

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

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Tri-Valley Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $29,613,888.00
  • Spending per student: $24,991
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $19,922,611.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 67.27%
  • Local tax applied per student: $16,812.33
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Tri-Valley CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 109 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $76,084.73 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $422.69 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 59 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 53.7% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $371,273 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.3% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,925 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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Roscoe Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 32.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Roscoe 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: Roscoe Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $7,256,410.00
  • Spending per student: $28,681
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $4,526,495.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 62.38%
  • Local tax applied per student: $17,891.28
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Roscoe CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 29 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $65,138.13 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $361.88 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 10 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 32.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $54,440 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 480 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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Livingston Manor Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 41.9%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Livingston Manor 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: Livingston Manor Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $14,714,960.00
  • Spending per student: $28,244
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,605,773.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 51.69%
  • Local tax applied per student: $14,598.41
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Livingston Manor CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 41 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $67,843.60 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $376.91 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 17 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 41.9% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $99,243 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.7% .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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Monticello Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 28.8%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Monticello 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: Monticello Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $77,444,923.00
  • Spending per student: $24,648
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $42,189,923.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 54.48%
  • Local tax applied per student: $13,427.73
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Monticello CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 320 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $69,077.73 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $383.77 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 92 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 28.8% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $544,089 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.7% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 4,600 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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Sullivan West Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 36.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Sullivan West 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: Sullivan West Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $32,568,748.00
  • Spending per student: $26,223
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $16,548,447.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 50.81%
  • Local tax applied per student: $13,324.03
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Sullivan West CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 111 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $75,480.21 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $419.33 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 40 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 36.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $252,369 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,000 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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Fallsburg Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 51.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Fallsburg 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: Fallsburg Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $35,543,247.00
  • Spending per student: $25,190
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $18,083,629.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 50.88%
  • Local tax applied per student: $12,816.18
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Fallsburg CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 136 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $74,107.32 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $411.71 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 70 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 51.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $435,714 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 3,500 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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Eldred Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 83.3%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Eldred 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: Eldred Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $18,003,000.00
  • Spending per student: $25,074
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $10,702,461.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 59.45%
  • Local tax applied per student: $14,905.93
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Eldred CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 54 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $78,853.87 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $438.08 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 45 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 83.3% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $293,286 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.6% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,250 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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Liberty Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 49.6%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Liberty 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: Liberty Central School District
  • County: Sullivan
  • Spending: $40,006,649.00
  • Spending per student: $25,794
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $18,351,012.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 45.87%
  • Local tax applied per student: $11,831.73
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

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

Item Liberty CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 141 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $81,666.21 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $453.70 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 70 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 49.6% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $468,375 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.2% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 3,500 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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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Fallsburg 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, Fallsburg 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, Fallsburg Central School District in the county of Sullivan 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 Fallsburg parents, teachers, students and Fallsburg community members.

 

 

Fallsburg 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

 

 

Fallsburg District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Fallsburg 2014 enrollment:  1366 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $17,250,553 $49,911 $145,087 $1,723,689
Per Student $12,628.52 $36.54 $106.21 $1,261.85
Percentage 0.075% 0.059% 0.038% 0.086%

 

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

 

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

 

 

Eldred 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

 

 

Eldred District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Eldred 2014 enrollment:  650 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 $5,680,015 $18,748 $62,100 $499,431
Per Student $8,738.48 $28.84 $95.54 $768.36
Percentage 0.022% 0.022% 0.016% 0.025%

 

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

 

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