main content starts here2020-2021 Budget Update and Planning – General Support, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, BOCES and Employee Benefits

March 9, 2020 | Board of Education Meeting

Budget Updates

Tax Levy Calculation

  • Revised to 2.88% due to new PILOT payment

Total Retirements

  • 13 teachers
  • 2 teacher assistants

General Support, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation and Benefits

Summary of Cost Savings and Containment Initiatives

  • RFPs (Request for Proposals) and bids
  • Participation in various consortiums (CASHIC, Workers’ Compensation, NYSMEC)
  • Shared services with other districts
  • “In-house” work
  • Solar Completion
  • Exploration of Amazon Business

General Support – Staffing

  • Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent for Business
  • Treasurer
  • Internal Auditor (stipend)
  • Clerical
      • Secretary to Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Business
      • Benefits Administrator
      • 1.5 Payroll Clerks
      • 1.5 Accounts Payable Clerks

General Support – Detail

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Operations and Maintenance – Staffing

  • Director of Facilities
  • 6 custodians
  • 20.5 cleaners
  • 1 groundsman
  • 2 maintenance mechanics

“In-House” Work and Cost Avoidance

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Operations – Detail

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Maintenance – Detail

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A Day in Transportation

Each day approximately 2,000 students are transported to and from school.

These numbers include:

  • 27 Draper/High School runs
  • 13 Bradt runs, 13 Pinewood runs
  • 7 in-district special needs runs, 5.5 out-of-district special needs runs
  • 4 private/parochial runs
  • 6 mid-day runs (CTE (Vo-Tech), Work-Based Learning, New Visions, Interns)
  • 7 Draper/High School activity late runs, 2 two-hour detention runs
  • 7 Pinewood late runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 2 Contracted runs
  • 6.5 Shared Runs with other districts

Transportation – Staffing

  • Director of Transportation
  • Transportation Assistant
  • Dispatcher
  • Full-time Driver
  • 36 Part-time drivers
  • 12 part-time aides
  • 5 substitute drivers
  • Head mechanic
  • 3 bus mechanics

Driver Shortage and Recruitment

  • 90% of districts nationwide are experiencing some kind of shortage
  • Another 5-7 drivers expected to retire or leave for other positions
  • Bus parked out in community with recruitment banner, Bus Driver Open Houses, BOCES Shared Transportation

“In-House” Savings – Band Bus

Modified current bus instead of purchasing a new vehicle, saved $30,000-$40,000

Transportation – Detail

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Bus Proposition

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BOCES – Overview

  • BOCES was created by the NYS Legislature in 1948 to encourage school districts to pool and share resources
  • Component school districts receive BOCES aid from the state to encourage them to share resources and to obtain economies of scale
  • The 2020-21 BOCES aid ratio is 69.3%
  • Actual aid for a particular “Coser” (co-operative service) can range from 30-65%
  • What is our overall BOCES aid percentage?
      • Historically, the actual aid we receive back on our expenses is approximately 52-55%

BOCES – Detail

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Employee Benefits – Overview

  • Health Insurance (Contractual)
  • Life and Disability Insurance (Contractual)
  • Teachers’ Retirement (TRS) (State Mandate)
      • 9.53% (increased from 8.86% in ’19-20)
  • Employees Retirement (ERS) (State Mandate)
      • 14.6% (reduced from 14.9% in ’19-20)
  • Workers Compensation (State Mandate)
  • Unemployment (State Mandate)

Health Insurance

Medical Plans

  • Blue Shield – 0%
  • CDPHP – 9.6%
  • MVP – 5%

Prescription Coverage

  • Express Scripts (ESI) – 0%

Dental

  • Blue Shield – 0%

Employee Benefits

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Board of Education Vacancies

  • Two (2) “at large” seats
  • Three-year terms
  • At least 25 signatures required on petition
  • Petitions are currently available in District Office
  • Petitions are due back to the district by Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m.

Next Steps

Upcoming BOE Meetings:

  • March 23, 2020, 7 p.m.
      • Instruction and Revenue
  • April 6, 2020: Adoption of Budget
  • May 11, 2020: Budget Hearing and Meet the Candidates
  • May 19, 2020: Annual Budget Vote and BOE Election