Baldwinsville At its regular meeting on Feb. 27, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education decided to remove the closing of an elementary school from the district’s list of possible budget reductions for the 2012-13 budget.
The board determined that the time frame for closing a school next year was not adequate to create a transition plan for students, staff and the community.
“We need more time for research to carefully develop a plan that will affect the least number of students,” said Board President Burrill Wells. “After examining the data from the Facilities Feasibility Study Committee, we know that closing a school is feasible, but not within the time constraints for the 2012-13 school year budget.”
The board decided to explore the issue further with the understanding that closing a school will most likely be inevitable in a future budget year.
Closing a school would have saved the district $1.3 million in the 2012-13 school year. The board has decided to use $1.3 million in reserves instead to help close a $4.3 million budget gap.
The board also decided not to exceed the district’s tax levy limit, which is estimated to be a .6 percent year-over-year increase. The district determined this limit using New York State’s nine-step formula, as outlined in the state’s property tax levy cap legislation.
For more information on the components of the district’s 2012-13 budget, visit the district’s website, bville.org.