Dear District Residents:
This budget newsletter is delivered to homes each year for the purpose of informing you about the propositions presented for voter approval in May. Every year, we work to develop a budget that is fiscally responsible to our taxpayers and at the same time maintains educational programs for our children. Three propositions up for vote are detailed within: our proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year, a bus purchase proposition and a capital project proposition.
Proposition #1, the proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year of $38,823,185 includes a local tax levy increase of 3.91% or $621,644 which is within the state tax cap for SGI. The main increases to the budget are in special education costs, salaries and benefits. Proposition #2 is for the purchase of buses as the District continues its bus replacement plan started three years ago.
Proposition #3 is for a capital improvement project that will transform the current district office into the Careers in Advanced Manufacturing P-TECH College & Career Academy (CAM P-TECH) in a partnership with Alfred State College and Erie 2 BOCES. Area students, including five from Springville, will have the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled in high school and Alfred State College. The college course work will be in Computer Information Systems and Electrical Construction and Electrical Maintenance Electrician with successful students graduating with an Alfred State Associate’s degree and their NYS Regents diploma. This will be the second P-TECH program in Erie 2 BOCES as the WNY P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy operates in Chautauqua County in partnership with the Dunkirk City School District.
While we will continue to own the building and complete the renovation through a voter approved capital project, what taxpayers know as the “local share” of the cost will be covered through payments received from our lease agreement with Erie 2 BOCES. This is an incredible chance to bring an Alfred State partnership to Springville, with learning opportunities in two high demand career fields. What a bright future these graduates will have, students who may not otherwise go to college!
We urge you to read the following pages carefully prior to voting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The election of two Board of Education members will also be on the ballot.
We thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration.
Kimberly Moritz, Superintendent and the SGI Board of Education