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The Telegram
  • F-S board reviews budget area summaries

  • The Frankfort-Schuyler school board continued reviewing summaries of different areas of the budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year during a meeting Tuesday.

    Superintendent Robert Reina reported the projected special education budget shows an increase of about $37,000, or 1.7 percent, from the current year’s spending plan.

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  • The Frankfort-Schuyler school board continued reviewing summaries of different areas of the budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year during a meeting Tuesday.

    Superintendent Robert Reina reported the projected special education budget shows an increase of about $37,000, or 1.7 percent, from the current year’s spending plan.
    There are currently about 150 students receiving special education services and the projection for next year shows about 146 students. Staff levels would be about the same as well, with 22 staff involved, including teachers and teacher assistants.
    Things could change though, he said, noting there is a possibility a student requiring special services could come into the district and that would add about $40,000 to the budget.
    Private tuition payments for some children with special needs could cost anywhere from $29,000 to $60,000 for the services needed for one child, he said. There is state aid, he said, and federal aid helps defray the cost of salaries for special education staff.
    If the White House and Congress can’t come to an agreement before the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, however, the district could lose $50,000 in federal grants.
    The proposed operations and maintenance budget shows a decrease of a little more than 1 percent, Reina said. This includes supplies and ancillary contracts. The district would continue sharing a building and grounds supervisor with the Ilion Central School District.
    He said the district is talking with the insurance carrier about the level of insurance being paid on the West Frankfort school, which is currently not in use, although the driveway is plowed through an intermunicipal agreement and the grounds are cared for.
    “We’re waiting for updates,” he said.
    The athletic budget showed an increase of about 24 percent, but Reina said this is because he asked the athletic director to put together a budget reflecting the costs if the district were to reinstate items that have been cut over the last couple of years. Some coaching positions were cut and the number of contests was reduced.
    “I’ve asked him to go back and cut it down to a 3 percent increase and let the board see what that would mean in terms of costs, services and programs,” said Reina. “This was to show the cost of reinstating those programs if you wanted to do it. The athletic program has taken some hits over the last couple of years.”
    In other business, the board approved a trip for the Friends of Rachel Club to Bethlehem High School in Delmar to help train students there who are getting involved in the Rachel’s Challenge program.
    “It’s good exposure for our kids,” said Reina, adding the group has been active and is being recognized by organizers.
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