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    The  next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in the ALC room at the Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.  Anticipated Executive Session at 6:00 p.m.; public meeting anticipated to begin at 7:00 p.m.
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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A Message from our Board President and Superintendent of Schools: 

Dear Niagara Wheatfield School Community,

The information in this letter highlights some of the material contained in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District Budget Notice being mailed to all residents of our school community.  The Board of Education and administrative team have invested the necessary time and energy to create a school expenditure budget proposal which we believe is sustainable for many years to come.  The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District’s proposed 1.5% budget increase, and -0.34% tax levy decrease restores some educational programs while remaining within the tax levy limit.

Our proposed budget preserves current educational opportunities and initiatives; fulfills state mandates; slightly expands elective offerings at our high school; and provides necessary Academic Intervention Services for our students.

The school budget proposal for 2016-2017 is $68,985,223.  The vast majority of the year-to-year budget increase is the result of the program restoration, the costs of which are being offset by the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and an increase in New York State Building Aid.  The proposed budget includes a tax levy decrease of -$109,265, or -0.34%. 

Included in the reinstated budget items are the following:

  • Increased music education opportunities
  • Modified sports
  • Middle school co-curricular clubs
  • Restoration of electives at the high school level
  • Secondary late bus run providing transportation from academic support and co-curricular offerings
  • Additional technology support to provide students and staff with useful tools
  • Providing community opportunities through routine use of the facilities and grounds

The Legislative Budget increased State Aid by eliminating the money being withheld from our District as a result of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  In other words, we are being given the money we were supposed to receive in the first place. 

Our long-term planning includes a Capital Project, which will require voter approval in the near future.  The project will focus on new roofing, improving security, and upgrading technology.  It is unlikely any capital project work will be completed prior to the summer of 2017.

Proposition Two seeks voter authorization to establish a general Capital Reserve fund for the purpose of paying the costs of future capital project work.  The goal is to place unappropriated year end funds into this reserve for use as the District’s portion of future capital project costs. 

Proposition Three seeks voter authorization to use up to $500,000 of our Capital Transportation Reserve to purchase five busses for 2016-2017.  Voters established the Capital Transportation Reserve fund last year, and funds currently in the reserve would be utilized for the purchase of these buses.  It is important for voters to remember that authorizing these bus purchases from the transportation reserve will have zero impact on the local tax levy. 

Our School Board members, Business Official and Superintendent have had the opportunity to present the budget at numerous budget meetings, parent group meetings, and to local community groups.  Please visit our website at www.nwcsd.org to view the entire 2016-2017 Budget Proposal and preliminary budget presentations.  We encourage all of our qualified voters to vote on May 17, 2016. 

Sincerely,

Steve Sabo, Board of Education President   

Daniel Ljiljanich, Superintendent of Schools

 

 
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6700 Schultz Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
 
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