Heated budget process for Scotia-Glenville
The Scotia-Glenville Teachers Association this week blasted Superintendent Susan Swartz for suggesting a hard pay freeze for the 2013-2014 school year to save jobs as the Board of Education considers submitting a budget that exceeds the property tax cap.
The district has been trying to trim roughly $1.3 million from its proposed spending plan to get below the district’s 4.5 percent tax levy cap. Maintaining all the programs and staff in this year’s budget would increase spending from $47.8 million this year to $49.9 million next year. However, revenues would increase by barely $1 million if the tax rate were increased to the cap.
A recent story on the budget is available HERE
A copy of the March 25 budget presentation is available below.
Swartz has proposed at least two rounds of cuts to start with, which would trim about $750,000 from the budget, not enough to bridge the gap. She also called for a hard pay freeze — meaning no cost-of-living or step increases for all district employees. This would save about $786,000, according to Swartz.
Fifth-grade teacher Jeffrey Denney, the negotiator representing the teachers union in the latest round of contract talks, said faculty members were surprised about the district’s request March 18 for a hard pay freeze. The union and school officials hadn’t officially started talks on a new contract. The existing pact expires June 30, but by state law its provisions remain in effect until a new deal is ratified by both sides.
Denney said the teachers have worked with the district to contain costs including giving up a day’s pay this year.
There will be a public forum on April 8 about the budget.
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