Feb. 9 Board of Education presentation

Schenevus Central School District Superintendent Theresa Carlin gave a presentation at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Schenevus Central School Board of Education highlighting the findings of the merger study report prepared by consultations Castallo & Silky LLC with support from the Merger Study Committee. 

View the Feb. 9 presentation

Highlights from the presentation included:

Statement of Shared Values

  1. To demonstrate the value and importance of encouraging collective school governance among all stakeholders of the enlarged school district, increase Board of Education membership from 5 to 7 members.  It is understood that this will be a means to encourage broad-based participation but cannot guarantee the same.  Upon a successful annexation vote, the Worcester Board of Education will initiate a vote to request an increase in the size of the BOE from 5 to 7 members. Should this be successful and as soon as practicable, a a special election will be held to seat the additional BOE members.
  2. As we value a 21st century education for our students, a successful merger vote will provide resources to enhance student learning opportunities.  A merger will also provide an opportunity to realize efficiencies. Therefore, in an effort to accomplish each of these outcomes, the BOE will discuss and determine the most appropriate way maximize the additional merger aid to:
    1. expand and enhance the academic program and educational opportunities   offered to students;
    2. assess the means to aid taxpayers;
    3. provide funds to a reserve to address unforeseen issues that may arise, as well as maintaining the initiatives stated above.
  3. The BOE understands the value to keep both school buildings open.  It is understood that the Schenevus school building will be needed for educational programming in the foreseeable future. Therefore, provide the means for the Schenevus school and community to name the Schenevus school building to reflect the role it will play educating students.
  4. All employees are valued. As such, the BOE will discuss the means to provide employment for as many staff members as possible. Strategies, such as utilizing retirements and attrition will be used to accomplish this goal.

Facilities

Schenevus Central School

  • 36 full-size classrooms
  • Core academic classrooms:
    • PreK: 1
    • K: 1
    • Grade 1: 2
    • Grades 2-5: 1 each
    • RTI Math and ELA: 1 each
    • English: 2
    • Social studies: 2
    • Math: 2
    • Science: 3
    • Spanish: 1
  • Other full-size classrooms: 16
  • Usage of smaller rooms other than administration and other offices:
    • PT: 1
    • Resource: 2
    • Distance learning: 1

Building also has a gym, cafetorium, library and offices that are independent of this count.

Worcester Central School

  • 34 full-size classrooms
  • Core academic classrooms:
    • PreK: 1
    • K: 2
    • Grades 1-2: 1 each
    • Grade 3: 2
    • Grades 4-5: 1 each
    • Grade 6: 2
    • English: 2
    • Social studies: 2
    • Math: 2
    • Science: 2
    • Spanish: 1
  • Other full-size classrooms: 14

Building also has a gym, cafetorium, library, offices and a conference room that are independent of this count.

A merged district would require the use of both buildings. Recommend elementary school in Schenevus and secondary school in Worcester.

Transportation

Cost of 3 shuttle buses

  • Cost Estimate – 3 Shuttle Buses AM/PM
    • 185 school days x 3 buses x 2 times daily x 1 hour/day x 2 buildings (12 daily driver hours) = 2,220 annual hours
    • 2,220 x $15/hour (est) = $33,300
    • $33,300 + 35% fringe benefits = $44,955
    • $44,955 x 10% local cost = $4,496
    • 185 school days x 3 buses x 2 times daily x 10 miles RT x 2 buildings (120 miles/day) = 22,200 annual miles
    • 22,200 x $1.65/mile = $36,630
    • $36,630 x 10% local cost = $3,663
    • Total estimated local cost:  $8,159

Cost of Expanding Regular Routes

Cost estimate: 5 regular bus routes AM/PM

  • 185 school days x 5 buses x 2 times daily x 1 hour/day x 2 buildings (20 daily driver hours) = 3,700 annual hours
  • 3,700 x $15/hour (est) = $55,500
  • $55,500 + 35% fringe benefits = $74,925
  • $74,925 x 10% local cost = $7,493
  • 185 school days x 5 buses x 2 times daily x 10 miles RT x 2 buildings (200 miles/day) = 37,000 annual miles
  • 37,000 x $1.65/mile = $61,050
  • $61,050 x 10% local cost = $6,105

Total estimated local cost: $13,598

Cost to expand bus routes is quite minimal.

Merger Mondays

  • February 8 – BOE Presidents shared their experience with the process
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14

Guests will include:

  • Students from both districts
  • Representatives of other merged districts
  • NYS legislators
  • Merger Committee Members

Timeline

January-June 2021

  • Listen and Inform. Really important that you reach out to let board of education members know your thoughts about merging.
  • Ask Questions??
  • Merger Mondays
  • Board of Education meetings at both schools to provide information about the study.
  • Financial Presentations and Budget projections are important to inform merger decision.

Upcoming meetings

  • March 9 Schenevus BOE Meeting
  • March 24 Worcester BOE Meeting

Topic: Staffing in a merged district through annexation