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Budget Information

Cato-Meridian Central School District
2851 Route 370
Cato, NY 13033
Phone: 315-626-3439
Fax: 315-626-2888

Governor’s Proposed Budget Impact Summary  

Governor’s Proposed Budget Impact Summary

For

Cato–Meridian CSD

·         2012-2013 budget is projected to be $229,617 lower than last year.  This represents a decrease in the operating budget of 1.26% from current year.

 

·         Under the Governor’s budget state aid is increased by $112,531 over last year, but loss of $431,364 in federal jobs money results in a net loss of aid revenue of $318,833 from last year.

 

·         Year-to-year budgets have decreased by a total of $623,798 since 2009-2010 school year.  (projected budget for 2012-2013 is $18,058,344)

 

·         1% tax levy increase nets the district approximately $55,000.

 

·         With or without an official tax cap, our district is compelled to impose its own tax cap because there is simply no capacity to make up for ever shrinking state aid dollars with tax levy increases.

 

·         The Governor’s budget forces our district to shrink its budget for a third straight year and spend down an ever increasing percentage of the district’s fund balance/reserves than is prudent.

 

·         In the last two years approximately 13% of the professional staff was cut out of the budget.  (Restructuring has maintained low/average class sizes and student programs)

 

·         The projected budget for 2012-2013 will by necessity continue this trend, jeopardizing the very concept of providing a sound and basic education in future years if trend continues.

 

·         Cato-Meridian by the numbers:

 

-          1,052                student enrollment

-          94                      professional staff  (down 13.5 since 2009-10 -12.6% )

-          74                    support staff  ( down 10 since 2009-10  -11.9%)

-            7                      Administrators  (down 1 since 2008-09 -12.5%)

-          $18,287,961    2011-2012 budget

-          $431,364         reduction in federal aid

-          $387,772         increase in expenses

-          $824,136        2012-13 anticipated budget gap

                  Question under Review

 

How much Capacity remains to absorb staff reductions and still retain reasonable class sizes and student programs and activities???

 

 

 

·         Elementary Class sizes:                                                         Suggested Practical Maximums

                                                                                                        

-          Pre-K                     (3)  19,16,19                           

-          Kindergarten          (4)  20, 19, 19, 19                  (23)                               

-          1st Grade               (3)  18, 17, 17                          (25)

-          2nd Grade               (3)  23, 21, 24                          (25)

-          3rd Grade               (4)  20, 20, 20, 19                    (27)

-          4th Grade               (4)  22, 18, 21, 22                    (27)

-          5th Grade               (4)  17, 18, 18, 17                    (27)

 

·         MS Grades 6-8 average between 17-21 students per core academic class                          (28)

 

·         HS Grades 9-12 average 15 students per class in the subject of English                   (28)

            (Average by grade level:  9th (16w/1/6)   10th (17w/1/5)   11th (17w/1/5)   12th (12w/4/6)

            (Largest HS full credit class (25/2)    Smallest class size of 2-10 students (32) not inclusive            of Special Ed/AIS/Driver Ed.)

 

·         HS Phys Ed.  Covers 1.5 FTE or 45 periods per week =capacity.  Currently utilizing 35 periods per week or a little more than ¾ capacity.                                                   (40)

 

 









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