2010-05-13 / Front Page

School budget vote set for Tuesday

by KIMBERLY MCDOWELL Editor

Jarczyk Jarczyk The West Seneca School Board held a public hearing on Monday night for its proposed $106.1 million budget for the 2010-11 school year.

The proposition represents an increase of $1.8 million, or 1.74 percent, from the current year’s spending plan, and the tax rate is projected to increase 99 cents per $1,000 assessed value, or 2.68 percent.

In addition to the budget, residents will vote on a referendum to spend a total of $644,200 from the district’s existing Bus Purchase Reserve Fund. The money will pay for the purchase of six 65-passenger school buses at a cost of $95,000 each and two 20-passenger school buses at $41,725 each.

Officials say the bus proposition will have no impact on the tax levy for the upcoming school year.

Resident Kate Newton told the board she is concerned with the amount of time children already are on a bus and are projected to be on

Nagy Nagy bus in the upcoming year. The concern stems from the district’s decision to decrease bus stops, which will inevitably increase each child’s ride time.

“My son is already on the bus for 40 minutes,” Newton said. “I just hope you remember it’s every neighborhood … and that you don’t make special concessions for some neighborhoods.”

Lucy Murray, another concerned resident, questioned the total number of district positions that have already been eliminated, as at least 25 positions were expected to be terminated due to the decrease in state aid. It was estimated that as many as 40 or 50 jobs could be in jeopardy, depending if the district has to go to a contingency budget.

Superintendent Jean Kovach said she cannot yet provide a total number since layoffs are not officially complete. Some positions being cut will ultimately be through attrition, which is the district’s ultimate goal, she said; however, some personnel are getting the “heads up” that they could potentially still lose their jobs.

Also regarding the annual election, voters will cast a ballot for the two candidates who are running unopposed for two seats on the School Board.

The candidates are incumbents Carol A. Jarczyk, who is seeking her third nonconsecutive term, and Daniel A. Nagy, who is running for his second term.

This is Jarczyk’s sixth year serving on the School Board, during which she served one year as vice president and, including this year, three years as president.

A longtime resident of West Seneca, she resides with her husband, Mark and their two sons.

“My primary objective is student achievement,” she said. “Keeping the lines of communication open with all is a must. We must never forget to put the students first and to be an advocate for education.”

Nagy has served on the board as a trustee over the last three years. He noted that the School Board has continued to support the district’s staff and students in the overall goal to further student achievement.

He said in the past three years the district’s state exam proficiency rates have increased at all levels and it has won awards in art and music programs.

“We can now be proud that every student who graduates from West Seneca Central will have taken the course Career & Financial Management, which will give him or her the skills needed to select a career and obtain a job,” he said.

District residents will head to the polls for the annual trustee election and budget vote from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in the gymnasium at East Senior High School, 4760 Seneca St.

For more information regarding the budget or voting process, visit www.wscschools. org and click on “Budget Information” on the left-hand side of the page.

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