More districts considering hiring school resource officers

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2018

The capital project calls for several energy-efficiency improvements in all buildings; safety and security upgrades; mechanical upgrades in all buildings; a new multi-purpose turf athletic field and a pool renovation at the high school/middle school complex; and technology-related upgrades for educational facilities.

The three closures are expected to save between $2.5 to $3 million total in the overall budget, according to Clark.

The conversion also entails gutting and refitting the house for offices, paving parking spaces, and installing new HVAC and sanitation systems.

TROY, N.Y. Voters will head to the polls throughout the day Tuesday to vote on their local school district's 2018-19 proposed budgets along with school board candidates.

In addition, there are three candidates for three available Board of Education seats. "Our school board has followed a very diligent process to ensure that we can find the right person who will build on our successes and lead us forward".

Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.

"We should keep Creed open because for all the kids who go there it's like a family to them and some of them don't have families and with that school, it's a family", Queen Nzigah said.

"The board has really looked at a multi-year picture".


"I always get nervous when we do a conservative budget, and this is a conservative budget and we're doing it in uncertain time", said school board member Natalie Beyer.

Residents need to to refer to their local districts for times and locations for voting.

During an Operations Work Group meeting, board members agreed not to pursue a proposed change to board policy that would have given the board president the ability to deny or alter requests for district information made by other board members. Incumbent Kathleen Lynch is seeking a second three-year term.

The next Cody School District budget comes with options for more spending, and school board trustees are already taking advantage. "Regrettably, the NYS funding formula is no longer sustainable for small districts such as Greene Central School". "The setup of this fund is by us putting in $2 million in cash, we'll be eligible for $98 million of aid [from New York State]". The proposed budget includes a total increase of 1.72 percent and a proposed tax levy increase of 2.76 percent, which is below the district's tax cap limit of 2.78 percent.

"We try to work together but we have disagreements, too, and this clearly could be used as a political tool to block the efforts of one board member, or two board members, or three board members", Mertz said.

Kenneth Bossert, the Elwood superintendent, said the district's board was mindful of two things: federal tax law and the fact that voters in November approved a $34.5-million bond issue for school renovations.

Gary public schools will continue to be run by its emergency manager, Peggy Hinckley, a former interim superintendent in Indianapolis Public Schools.

The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susan St.

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