May 20, 2014 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Budget Planning Calendar
Please join us and offer your input on BCSD budget issues. All meetings will be held in the BCHS Library & Media Center.
• February 26, 7 p.m.:Presentation of proposed 2014-15 budget. Focus on Transportation, bus replacement plan, fringes, insurance, debt service. Discussion and tentative decisions.
• March 5, 7 p.m.:Special Education, Technology, revenue. Discussion and tentative decisions.
• March 19, 7 p.m.:Operations and Maintenance, Athletics. Discussion and tentative decisions.
• April 2, 7 p.m.:K-12 instructional staffing and programming. Discussion and tentative decisions.
• April 22, 7 p.m.:Budget discussion and final decisions; budget adoption.
• May 7, 7 p.m.:Budget Hearing
• May 20, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.:Budget Vote, BCHS
• May 21, 7 p.m.:Board of Education meeting
2011-12 Proposed Budget
Voting is May 17 at BCHS from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Another tough times budget, improved by concessions
On May 17, BC voters will consider an $86.83 million budget for 2011-12 that calls for the district to spend less than in each of the previous two years.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School in the upper gym. Voters will also fill three seats on the Board of Education and decide on a replacement bus purchase referendum that is significantly reduced from recent years.
The budget carries a tax levy increase of 2 percent in a year when the district will lose $2.3 million in state aid. (Estimated tax rates)
In order to bring spending in line with reduced revenues, the Board of Education enacted a series of budget reductions for next year, including a total of 32.4 full-time equivalent positions (teaching, support staff and an administrator). This figure includes positions reduced as a result of closing Clarksville Elementary School next year, a decision the Board of Education arrived at after requesting a facilities feasibility study and holding two public forums on the issue over the winter.
Concessions from every employee group in the form of a full- or partial-year pay freeze helped avoid greater budget reductions or a higher tax levy increase.
The proposed budget maintains all athletic, music, drama and extracurricular programs. The proposed budget includes $283,500 in additions that are tied to state requirements and supporting students.
The May 17 ballot will not include a student technology bond referendum that was considered for a short time earlier this year. Given the difficult economic climate, district officials decided this was not the time for such a plan.
The budget was adopted by the Board after a lengthy, open process that included two community budget forums; the facilities study and decisions, and a series of budget work sessions beginning in February.
Additional Budget Resources
• 2011-12 Proposed Budget Document [PDF]