continued Increases include $200,000 for health insurance and teacher/employee retirement; $60,000 extra for the building project; $70,000 in contractual obligations; and $80,000 for a new special education teacher (salary and benefits).
“Just our increases come to $500,000, plus the loss of the fund balance of $150,000 causes us to be in about a $650,000 hole,” Hults said.
Although state aid increased $58,620, Hults said the district continues to see a decrease in revenue for state land.
Hults’s message to voters: “We have done the very best we can to balance the needs of the community and needs of the school. We do recognize it’s a very sizable increase, but we have worked so diligently to build a growing, vibrant school district, and if we were to do anything less, we would totally destroy what we’ve been working so hard to create over the last seven years. And the board was unanimous … they were unwilling to do that. We just feel like we can’t undo the programs we’ve created. We’re working hard to do a college program, the international program. We’re working hard to increase the quality of our technology in education … We can’t start moving backwards right now.”
Minerva Central School
School Board: One person is vying for one open School Board position currently held by Board President Michael Corey, who decided not to run again. The candidate is Caroline Kelly. This position is a five-year term.
Polls: Open 1-8 p.m. May 21.
Budget: The School Board will be asking residents to approve a budget that exceeds the state-approved tax levy cap. That means a supermajority of 60 percent of the votes is required for approval.
Proposed budget: $5,142,296
Current budget: $5,040,939
Budget increase: $101,357, or 2 percent
Proposed tax levy: $3,497,089
Current tax levy: $3,210,401
Tax levy increase: $286,688 or 8.93 percent