You are invited to the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School Districts spring Safety Forum on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Jr-Sr HS auditorium at 7:00 p.m. You might recall that last spring the district held a safety forum to discuss what we do as a district to keep our students and staff safe. This forum will be a continued discussion on School Safety at BG and what the district has accomplished in the past year in the name of safety. You will get the opportunity to meet the School Resource Officer, learn about internet safety from NYS Police Officer Shannon Hartz, and share any thoughts, suggestions or concerns you might have. Childcare will be provided for this session.
The district is hard at work creating a timeline for the roll-out and implementation of a 1:1 device initiative in which every student, staff member and BOE member will have access to a Google Chrome book. It is our hope, and a district goal, to increase the availability of technology for our students and staff.
This is a huge undertaking to say the least. We are capitalizing on the Smart Schools Bond Act funding in which the BG district was awarded a little over one millions dollars. There are many steps and hurdles to overcome in order to use the funding in the most effective way and in ways which will benefit the district. Submission of our plan has occurred to New York State and we are waiting to hear back on plan approval. After approval the district’s infrastructure will be updated and the Google Chrome books will be on their way.
We have many spent many hours researching other districts, attending trainings, visiting schools and learning all that we can. Please look for additional information in upcoming district newsletters and on our school website. If you have any questions regarding our 1:1 device initiative please contact the school at 967-6321.
Budget season is in full swing at BG. The district is working on preparing a budget that continues to provide top-notch programs for our students, yet is mindful of our taxpayers.
So how does the school budget get built?
A good annual budget begins with sound estimates and well-supported budgetary assumptions. Spending levels and financial resources must be gauged as accurately as possible to ensure that planned services are properly funded. To develop sound estimates, the Superintendent and the School Business official along with the Administration and Board of Education will gather and analyze as much data as possible. Sources of information used in preparing the budget include the following:
• Budgets for prior and current years
• Prior two year’s financial reports-money allotted, expensed and encumbered
• Current year revenue
• Debt service requirements, contracts, and other commitments
• Current economic conditions affecting revenue generation
• Cash flow reports and revenue projections
• State and federal aid information
• Collective bargaining agreements
• Multiyear capital plans
• Rate of inflation
• Tax and debt limit information, the district’s tax levy
• Strategic plans-needs and wants for the district’s future
• Input from stakeholders including taxpayers
Spending levels and financial resources must be accurately gauged at budget preparation time to ensure that planned services are properly funded.
The Superintendent and School Business Official prepare a list of "Budget Assumptions" which will guide the preparation of a preliminary "BASELINE" budget which will provide the initial estimate of the cost of maintaining all current programs, services, and personnel in the next fiscal year.
The School Business Official and superintendent meet with administrators and staff to determine wants and needs for the new budget. The administration will also look for cost savings in the current budget that could be implemented the following year.
The information that has been gathered during the meeting process is then used to create a budget proposal that provides necessary appropriations within the limits of those resources, and meets the district’s goals and objectives.
The tentative/proposed budget (Superintendent's Recommended Budget) is then presented to the Board of Education. Alterations and revisions may be necessary after the BOE submits their recommendations.
The Superintendent submits a final, polished copy to the Board of Education for approval, which then votes to adopt the proposed budget before presenting the school budget to the public for vote in May. A successfully approved school budget is implemented July 1st of that year.
We invest a significant amount of time and effort into preparing the annual budget. It is often a very busy and stressful time. However, it is not meant to be a solo effort, or a budget created by one or two people. The district welcomes community input with this process.
In the coming weeks please look for more information on the school budget in the district budget newsletter. I will also be discussing the budget in the local newspapers and my coffees in May. The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District is YOUR district and I welcome you involvement in this process. My door is always open. If you have any questions, or would like to meet, please call the school at 967-6321.
Timothy R. Ryan