FORESTVILLE – The 2014-15 school budget of $11,844,100 was approved Thursday at the regular meeting of the Board of Education held in the school library.
School Business Manager Carolyn Robertson provided details of the spending plan that will be presented to voters on May 20. The tax levy increase stays at the tax cap of 1.15 percent for the district. The total increase is three percent higher than the current operating budget. The largest increases are due to special education costs for district students and employee benefits.
The district used $349,000 of its reserve accounts to help bridge a gap of $500,000 from the original proposed budget. Cuts were made in supplies and equipment and through some planned retirements.
There also will be propositions for planned facilities improvement of $2 million and for two school buses at a cost of $105,000.
The public hearing on the budget will be May 8 at the school.
In other business before the board of education, it was announced that renovations to the weight room are nearly complete. Thirteen volunteers from the community have been preparing the room for new paint on the walls and ceiling and for a new floor. Donations, including $800 from the Sports Boosters Club and others in the community, helped fund the cost of supplies to remodel the room.
It was agreed that the district will participate in cooperative bidding for several supply items with other schools in the BOCES system.
The board members held an executive session to discuss contract negotiations concerning teacher salaries and benefits.