Schools approve BOCES budget

JOHNSTOWN – The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services component school districts unanimously approved the administrative budget for 2014-15, HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel said.

The administrative budget – which is about $2.4 million – is a 2 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget.

The budget had to be voted on by the school boards in the 15 component school districts by April 23.

The proposed administrative budget, excluding the cost of health insurance, is $29,918 more than the adjusted 2013-14 budget approved by the districts last year. The majority of the increase is for contractual, non-instructional salaries, which are expected to increase by $31,778.

Michel said the percentage each school district pays for the administrative budget is based on a formula set by the state, which factors in each district’s size, student population and poverty rate.

According to meeting documents, the highest contributing school districts to the administrative budget include Amsterdam, $350,026; Gloversville, $270,878; and Broadalbin-Perth, $168,086.

The school boards also voted for members to fill the two available seats on the HFM BOCES Board of Education. The seats were held by Louis Capece and Jean LaPorta.

LaPorta was previously endorsed by the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education and was re-elected. Capece decided not to seek re-election. Lee Quackenbush, of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville school district, was approved to take Capece’s seat on the BOCES board.