Mt. View adopts $20M budget

BY TOM FONTANA
Correspondent

Mountain View school directors approved a $20 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at their meeting on Monday, June 23.

The district avoided a $2.8 million shortfall for the coming year by dipping into its unassigned fund balance of $1.5 million and its assigned fund balance of $3.8 million to balance the budget.

Total expenditures were listed as $20,192,242, with a 2.7 percent tax increase, the maximum raise the district can levy without gaining an exception from the state’s Department of Education or voter approval.

“That sounds like a lot,” board president Thomas Stoddard commented, “but it’s really not.”

He estimated that most taxpayers would pay between $23 to $29 more than last year, based on a 36.8290 mills real estate tax.

Instructional costs were listed at $12,322,000, and expenditures for support services (including food services and student activities) came out at $6,570,702.

The board also approved the hiring of Keystone Associates of Binghamton, an engineering firm, to conduct the reconstruction of the district’s baseball and softball fields, which suffer from severe drainage problems each spring.

In addition, the district will purchase School Gate Guardian to enhance the security systems at both schools. The cost of $3,000 will be paid through a Safe Schools Grant, with the school paying an annual fee of $400.

The board removed former superintendent Francine Shea’s name from several fund accounts, and added signature approval for curriculum director Karen Voigt, who is serving as acting superintendent.

Voigt was appointed to that position after Shea’s contract was terminated at a special meeting on Monday, June 9.

The following coaching positions were approved: Brion Stone, golf; Ray Mitchell, cross country; Dan Phillips, girls’ volleyball; Neil Wells, girls’ volleyball assistant coach; Joe Scanlon, boys’ soccer assistant coach; William MacDonald, junior high boy’s soccer.