NORTH NORWICH – The school boards of each of the 16 districts which comprise the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES will cast their vote for or against the cooperative education organization’s 2009-10 administrative budget on April 28.
Totaling $2.15 million, the proposed budget includes a $43,933, or 2 percent, reduction in spending from the current year’s budget, according to Assistant Superintendent of Management Services Doreen Rowe.
Rowe attributed the spending decrease in large part to a builder’s insurance policy they were able to drop after the completion of the $48 million renovation and expansion project which overhauled both the Chenango Campus in North Norwich and the Robert W. Harrold Campus in Sidney Center. The decision was also made to tap into accrued liability funds to offset increases retiree benefit expenses, and a concerted effort was made to trim supply and there was also a concerted effort to trim expenses where ever possible.
Despite the decrease in overall spending in the administrative budget, component districts will be asked to pick up a larger share of those expenses this year. Individual district share is calculated based on their Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA), which measures the size of a district based on attendance. Although some schools may actually see a decrease because of the RWADA ratio, on average component districts will see a 2.5 percent increase over last year, according to Rowe.