Guilderland School District
NY

Agenda Item

Board Direction - 2018-19 Budget Development

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Meeting History

Dec 5, 2017 7:00 PM  Board of Education Regular Meeting

Board members gave their top priorities for the 2018-19 budget and opinion on two questions: what circumstances would they recommend the district exceed the tax cap and the use of fund balance as revenue:

Gloria Towle-Hilt

Continue to support inclusion through all grade levels

Emphasis on professional development and co-teaching

Lower class sizes at Farnsworth Middle School

Replicate best practices across all elementary schools

Implement later start time at the high school

Continue to work on building a respectful community, appreciation for diversity and intellectual risk-taking

Only as a last resort should the district exceed the tax cap

Supports keeping the fund balance around 4%, anything above should be used to support educational programming

Judy Slack

Restore teaching assistant positions

Continue strong support for FOCUS program

Implement Lynnwood Elementary’s coaching model to the other elementary buildings

Restore second level teacher leaders

Lower class sizes at Farnsworth Middle School

Increase number of non-generic bathrooms throughout the district

Never exceed tax cap

Supports keeping the fund balance around 4%, but ok to use fund balance to reduce construction costs

Catherine Barber

Repair Cobblestone School to make it suitable for use by classes and other groups

Maintain staffing at High School so no motivated student is excluded from a rigorous class, regardless of whether that student has been recommended for the class or not

Replace aging playground equipment

Continue to provide and enhance world cultural opportunities through foreign language instruction and the arts

Provide enrichment opportunities for all students

Supports exceeding tax cap only if programs could not otherwise be funded without significant comprise to educational quality

Use of fund balance should be as little as possible

Teresa Gitto

Lower class sizes in elementary schools and Farnsworth Middle School

Figure out why the Business Review ranked us 8th. Then provide funding in that realm to put us in the top 3

Fund athletic department so Booster Clubs don’t need to fund raise $1,000s

Improve traffic flow at Farnsworth Middle School

Additional funding for programs for children with special needs

No reason to ever exceed tax cap

Maintain use of fund balance as we have in the past

Barbara Fraterrigo

Add sign language to Farnsworth Middle School and High School

Lower class sizes at Farnsworth Middle School

Implement Project Lead the Way in Farnsworth Middle School

Increase enrichment time

Add foreign language at elementary level

Add additional Italian sections at Farnsworth Middle School and the High School, as needed

Implement later start time at the high school

Never exceed the tax cap

Supports keeping the fund balance around 4%, anything above should be used to maintain educational programming

Seema Rivera

Lower class sizes in elementary schools and Farnsworth Middle School

Support social and emotional wellbeing of kids (social workers, assemblies, etc.)

Professional development for co-teaching

Restore full teams at Farnsworth Middle School

Implement Project Lead the Way in Farnsworth Middle School

Provide support staff to meet needs of students

Maintain enrichment programs at the elementary level

Does not support exceeding the tax cap unless needed to reduce class size

Supports use of fund balance only if needed to maintain small class sizes

Christine Hayes

Playground safety

Increase number of gender neutral bathrooms throughout the district

Support for Dutchmen Commented and Sources of Strength

Increase school counselors

Increase teaching assistants

Lower class sizes

Implement later start time at the high school

Develop more community partnerships (Focus program)

Provide more opportunities to earn college credits

Increase instructional coaches

Increase professional development opportunities

Maintain technology updates

Never exceed the tax cap

Use of fund balance should be as little as possible

Timothy Horan (absent)

Address class sizes across the district

Take charge against drug issues at Farnsworth Middle School and the High School

Continue updating technology

Continue focus on support for music, art, sports, physical education, etc

Needs more information and discussion to better reflect on the question of exceeding the tax cap

Supports use of fund balance to provide tax relief

Allan Simpson (absent)

Intellectual learning and problem solving

Supports strong cultures that support communication and team work

Provide safe environment for students, staff and community

Help students to develop skills to deal with an ever changing world

Never exceed the tax cap

Use of fund balance should be as little as possible

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