Fewer kids, less money
> Declining enrollment in Mont Vernon affects budget
MONT VERNON – Declining enrollments are reflected in the Village School budget, and a proposed spending plan for next year shows a $104,000 decrease from the current budget.
The $4.6 million spending plan for 2016-17 will be reviewed at the School District’s Deliberative Session on Wednesday, Feb. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the school library.
That $104,000 decrease would take 93 cents off the school tax rate.
One of the major reasons for the decrease is a reduction in tuition payments to Amherst Middle School, where enrollment declines are also being felt, according to the School Board’s handouts at budget hearing earlier this month,
There is also a decrease in another line item: special education out-of-district placements. And transportation costs are going down because of lower fuel prices.
Not all spending is on the downward side, of course. Salaries and benefits went up, and the budget includes money for an additional classroom assistant and additional part-time technical support.
There was also a 44 percent decline in state revenue between 2010 and 2017, from nearly $1.4 million to less than $800,000.
Other articles on the school district warrant:
- $30,000 from surplus to establish a capital reserve fund to educate students with disabilities.
- $26,134 for the school’s property maintenance expendable trust fund.
- $14,216 to pay for equipment and other expenses to begin live streaming of board meetings and other town events.
The district is working under a default budget because voters voted down the budget last March. If that happens again, there would be an additional tax rate decrease of 56 cents.
The default budget would mean less money for equipment, technology, supplies and a classroom assistant for the lower grades of the school for kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as less for building maintenance, technology equipment and staffing.