Letter from the Superintendent

Scott Taylor

Happy Spring!  As you know, this time of year brings the formal budget discussion to the forefront.  The preliminary budget proposal was submitted to the Board of Education at the February meeting and reviewed in depth at our most recent meetings in March and April.  As with all of our decisions, we keep the District Mission Statement in mind:

 The North Collins Central School District is a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. We nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.

 I have listed the propositions that will be on the May 21 Budget Vote and Board of Education election. In addition, I have added a plain language summary of what this means.  Please communicate with newly eligible voters in your life about this important privilege and feel free to reference the information below as a springboard to your conversation about the proposed budget.

 

2019-2020 BUDGET

PROPOSITION NO. 1 – Budget:  The budget for the North Collins Central School District, Erie County, New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, as presented by the Board of Education, is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in the District to be levied and collected as required by law.

What does this mean?

Voters will vote on the district operating costs for the 2019-20 school year. 

PROPOSITION NO. 2 – Purchase of School Vehicles:  The Board of Education (the “Board”) of the North Collins Central School District, Erie County, New York (the “District”), is hereby authorized to purchase school buses and/or similar vehicles for use by the transportation and/or custodial department, per New York State Contract, at a cost of $325,000, to be paid for in full out of the District’s Bus and Vehicle Reserve Fund.

What does this mean?

Voters will vote on the use of reserve funds to purchase 3 school buses.

PROPOSITION NO. 3 –Establishment of a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund:  The Board of Education (the “Board”) of the North Collins Central School District, Erie County, New York (the “District”) is hereby authorized to establish a capital improvements reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York (the “Fund”); that the Fund shall be known as the “Capital Improvements Reserve Fund, 2019” of the District; that the Fund shall be established for the purpose of financing, in whole or in part, the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, renovation, alteration and improvement of buildings, facilities, sites and real property by the District, or the District’s share of the cost of any capital improvements project undertaken by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”) of which the District is (or may become) a component district, including, in all cases, the acquisition of necessary furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus; that the ultimate amount of such Fund shall be not greater than $2,500,000 (plus interest earned thereon); that the probable term of such Fund shall be not longer  than ten (10) years; and that the permissible sources from which the Board is authorized to appropriate monies to such Fund from time to time shall be (a) unappropriated fund balance of the District, (b) State aid received as reimbursement for expenditures by the District in connection with District capital improvements (whether or not such improvements were financed in whole or in part from the Fund), (c) the proceeds from the sale of unneeded District real or personal property, and (d) such other sources as the Board or the voters of the District may direct from time to time.

What does this mean?

Voters will vote whether to establish a reserve fund for financing capital construction/improvements for future years.

To One (1) Member of the Board of Education as follows:

Five (5) year term commencing July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2024 and to succeed Mark Snow, whose term expires on June 30, 2019. 

What does this mean?

There will be one opening on the Board of Education.  Voters will cast their ballot to fill the vacant seat.  The names of the candidates will be forthcoming.  If you are interested in running for the Board visit our website.

It is my hope that this and our budget newsletter will provide additional information and will foster discussions with not only the community but with all students who benefit from the essential programs and services in this great District. As you review the proposed budget information, I invite you to attend an upcoming board meeting or feel free to stop in, send an email to staylor@northcollinscsd.org, or give me a call at 337-0101 ext. 1301.  Thank you and I hope to see you along the way and at the vote on May 21. 

Scott Taylor

NCCSD Superintendent

 


NCCS Mission Statement

The North Collins Central School District is a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  We nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.




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