Board eyes proposed budget

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education set a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 district budget for May 13.

District residents will vote on the $17.4 million proposal May 20.

Bob Suits, Mayfield Board of Education member, said the district’s tax levy would increase by about 1.27 percent, a roughly $90,000 increase.

“Our levy increase does not exceed the tax cap,” Natale said.

Mayfield Interim Superintendent Joseph Natale said the district would use $910,000 in fund balance in the proposed budget, but did not know how much fund balance would remain.

Mayfield received $7.8 million in aid from the state, excluding building aid, an increase of 11.2 percent.

Ernie Clapper, board president, said the proposed district budget includes staff cuts. One pre-k class and an elementary teacher were cut due to lower enrollment, and a librarian position was cut to half-time. A part-time business position was also cut due to lower enrollment, and two teachers aide positions were reduced to one part-time position, he said.

Natale said the budget proposal would add reading programs, combined with academic intervention services, speech therapy and a full sports program.

In June, voters approved a 2013-14 budget that totaled $16.7 million, and included an increase to the local tax levy of $236,788, or 3.5 percent.

Board member Joan Scannell said she felt Natale and the board has done a good job on the budget.

“We spent hours and hours, hashing it out over every possible detail,” Scannell said. “And we were able to add some by reallocating funds.”