On April 25, 2017, component board members will vote on Capital Region BOCES' proposed administrative budget for the 2017-2018 school year. They will also elect four board members.
The proposed administrative budget is decreasing by 0.2 percent below 2016-17 and carries a 0.92 percent increase in component district assessments. (See charges by district.)
The administrative budget includes costs associated with the coordination of BOCESâ€™ organization-wide support functions, such as human resources, payroll, benefits, accounting and billing, and the leadership to support those activities. This year, there is actually a 1.5 percent reduction in the operations portion of the budget, achieved by reductions in overall staffing costs and contractual expenses.
Highlights of the administrative budget:
â€¢ Overall reduction of $63,500 or 1.5% in the current operations portion of the budget
â€¢ 21 FTEâ€™s â€“ District Supt., Business Office, HR Office, Deputy Supt. and Assistant Supt. (reduction of .65 FTE from 16-17)
â€¢ Reduction in staffing costs, contractual expenses and other categories
â€¢ Retiree Health Insurance is 56% of total Administrative Budget, 499 retirees
â€¢ This budget is down $19,720 or 0.2% below 2016-17
The capital budget is increasing by 1.6 percent and is slated to raise the charge to districts by 0.93 percent.
The capital budget covers the cost to rent program space (including in school districts for special education and distance learning programs) and administrative space. Past consolidation of rentals has allowed this portion of the budget to remain relatively flat.
Highlights of the capital budget:
â€¢ 62 classroom rentals from component school districts
â€¢ 10 distance learning classrooms
â€¢ Nearly $760,000 of the rental expense is offset from revenue associated with cross-contracted services
The total proposed 2017-18 budget is $123.2 million, which represents an overall increase in spending of 3.29 percent from the 2016-17 budget.
BOCESâ€™ budget is based on the projected purchase level of BOCES services by our component districts. The spending increase in this yearâ€™s budget is attributable to a projected increase in this purchase level.
Components do not vote on the overall budget, only the administrative portion. However district assessments are based on the combined administrative and capital portions of the budget. If passed, this yearâ€™s proposed administrative and capital budgets would result in a 0.92 percent increase in district assessments. (See charges by district.)
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