B-P board adopts proposed budget

BROADALBIN – During a meeting Tuesday, members of the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education unanimously adopted a 2014-15 school budget proposal that calls for a tax-levy increase of 2.14 percent, or $284,802.

According to a news release, the proposed increase is equivalent to the district’s calculated tax levy cap.

A public hearing about the budget proposal will be held at 7 p.m. May 13 in the high school auditorium. District residents will vote on the proposed $31.5 million budget May 20.

The proposed budget calls for a 4.8 percent spending increase and the expansion of several programs that would provide more opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, the release said.

The proposed budget would expand STEAM offerings at the intermediate and middle schools, and add an after-school robotics competition program.

The budget also includes funding for a new position, director of curriculum and instruction/grant coordinator.

The director would be in charge of overseeing the districts’s transition to the Common Core State Standards, including coordinating professional development for teachers and collaborating with Board of Cooperative Educational Services and state Education Department officials. The director also would be responsible for helping the district navigate curriculum in subjects outside of the Common Core, such as the arts, physical education, health and business.

The director also would manage and oversee all programs funded by grants.

Broadalbin-Perth is currently managing four competitive state grants, worth more than $1.3 million.

“So far, we’ve seen a great deal of success with implementing Common Core in our schools, but it’s been a much more intense transition than we originally anticipated,” Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said in the release. “We’ve also been proud of the success we’ve seen with winning competitive grants to fund new programs, but without proper management of these programs, we could jeopardize future grant funding. It’s vitally important that we have someone dedicated to overseeing both the transition to Common Core and our grant-funded programs.”

Part of the director’s salary would be paid for using grant funds.

Details about the proposed budget will be included in the district’s budget newsletter, which will be mailed to all residents at the end of the month.

More information about the proposed budget will be posted on the district website, www.bpcsd.org.