SILVER CREEK – A final presentation of the 2013-14 school budget was given Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Silver Creek Board of Education in the high school library.
The $20.48 million spending plan is up $644,000 from the current year’s budget. The major portion of the budget, at $15.38 million, is devoted to instruction and programs for educating students.
If approved, the budget would raise the tax rate by 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
The rate for a home in the Town of Hanover would be $17.76 per $1,000.
Silver Creek receives about $12 million of its budget through state aid. The remainder is raised by local property tax and some other funds.
Voters will be asked to consider the budget May 21. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m.
There will also be a proposal to purchase a school bus, using money from a reserve account. The purchase would not change the tax rate.
Voters also will consider a proposal that would allow the district to start a transportation reserve account with up to $850,000 in surplus or reserve funds to purchase school buses in the future.
In other business, the board approved a $140,746 contract with the state to provide transportation to Native American students in the current school year.
Board members also authorized paying an additional $2,783 toward the coordinator of the Native American Counselor Program, which was not covered under the Title VII grant for Native American students.
An award to a graduating senior was established in the memory of Thomas and Jennie Millitello. The $750 award will be presented to a music student.
Board members accepted the new award for distribution every other year as the Millitello family requested.
They also heard from social studies teacher Tom Buczkow-ski, who is requesting a new textbook for next year.