Story by Shelley R. Clapper
Florida Union Free School District (FUFSD) Business Administrator Lorine Lamerand provided a brief budget update at the beginning of the District’s School Board meeting on Thurs., Apr. 19. She said that the budget was “conservative,” even though safety and security additions will create additional costs. The 2018-19 proposed budget will be approximately $21,000,000. The maximum tax levy is 2.67 percent.
Lamerand will present the Board with two proposed budgets: one will include a bus purchase and one will not. There would be an additional $50,000 from the appropriation fund if the Board chooses to purchase a bus.
FUFSD Superintendent Jan Jehring provided an update on the capital projects. She said that at the Board’s work session in June the District’s financial planner will talk about the capital projects and explain how they will be financed. The goal is to keep the same tax levy. Security vestibules at the two buildings will be included in the capital projects and the District is still waiting for state aid reimbursement for work on the athletic fields. The superintendent anticipates decisions in June, July and August as to what will be included in the capital projects.
Youth Inspirational Speaker
Superintendent Jehring announced that David Flood, a youth inspirational speaker, will visit the schools soon to meet with students during lunch and faculty members after school. In the evening, he will speak with parents, students and community members.
Physical Education Teacher to Retire
In matters of personnel, the retirement of physical education teacher Richard Dever was announced.
Board Vice President Timothy Beattie said, “I would like to publicly thank him for 35 years in public education. It is a long time.”
The Board said that they planned to have him at one of their meetings in order to thank him in person.
BOCES Cooperative Purchase
A motion passed to join a number of School Districts in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties to bid jointly for general supplies, paper supplies, cafeteria supplies, custodial supplies, health supplies, milk, ice cream, bread, technology supplies, and other services and supplies for the period from Jul. 1, 2018 to Jun. 30, 2019.
Student Calendar Change for 2018/2019
A motion passed to approve the following changes to the 2018/19 school calendar: make up days, if necessary, will be Mon., Apr. 22, Mon., Apr. 15 and Fri., May 24.
Senior Class Project Blood Drive
S.S. Seward Institute High School Principal Michael Rheaume recognized senior Orla Brosnan for having recently organized a blood drive.
Orla, who also happens to be the Senior Class President, said, “I wanted to do something for the community. There were 32 successful blood donations which will save up to 96 lives.”
Budget Annual Public Hearing
The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Thurs., May 3 at 7 p.m. in the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, located at 51 N. Main St. in Florida.
The budget vote and election of members of the Board of Education will take place on Tues., May 15 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at S.S. Seward Institute, located at 53 N. Main St. in Florida.
The next regular Board meeting will be held on Thurs., May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, located at 53 N. Main St. in the Village of Florida.