Proposed budget not questioned at meeting

GLOVERSVILLE – Members of the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education are waiting to see if voters will accept the 2014-15 budget after a quiet public hearing Tuesday night.

The hearing, held before the GESD Board of Education meeting, detailed the 2014-15 budget, but no questions were raised following Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka’s presentation.

Schloicka said the budget was designed to bring a high quality curriculum to the students so they are college- and career-ready.

“That is our most important goal,” Schloicka said.

The $61.7 million budget includes a tax-levy increase of 1.66 percent.

Schloicka said the budget calls for a spending increase of 5.4 percent, or about $3.1 million.

The tax-levy increase is $228,201, which is below the state-imposed tax cap set for the Gloversville district. The total levy is $14 million. State aid will cover 64.5 percent of the 2014-15 budget.

State aid increases have also brought more money into the budget, covering 64.5 percent of the 2014-15 budget. According to the district’s budget newsletter, state aid has increased in total by more than $2.1 million, from $38.2 million in 2013-14 to $40.4 million.

Schloicka said the new budget would bring new technology to the district, such as wireless Internet in the buildings. If voters approve the budget, the district said it will ramp up its literacy efforts, buy equipment for its middle school pre-engineering program and offer business and marketing courses in the high school to better prepare students for college and careers.

During the hearing, no questions were put forth to the board regarding the budget. Superintendent Michael Vanyo said budget hearings tend not to have a large turnout unless it is controversial.

“I’m not surprised by it, but we have to go through it in case people did not come to the budget meetings,” Vanyo said.

Richard Carlson, Board of Education president, said the board worked on making a budget that took into account the needs of the students and the financial situation of the district.

“We have a significant tax burden in the city,” Carlson said. “I think we’ve struck a pretty decent balance.”

Vanyo reminded voters to use polling places at Gloversville High School and the Bleecker Town Hall for the May 20 vote. Residents who previously voted at the elementary schools for district-related voting will vote in the GHS gymnasium. Polling hours have been expanded by five hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students will be attending a full day of classes that day.