Local districts vote on DCMO BOCES budget

NORTH NORWICH – The school boards of each of the 16 districts that comprise the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES will cast their vote for or against the cooperative education organization’s 2009-10 administrative budget tonight.

“A majority of the DCMO BOCES component school boards must vote ‘yes’ for the budget to pass,” said Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Doreen Rowe.

Totaling $2.19 million, the proposed budget includes a spending increase of 1.1 percent over the current year’s budget, according to the administrator.

Each component district pays its share of the budget, which is calculated based on a Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA), which measures the size of a district based on attendance. The impact of the administrative portion of the budget will range from a decrease of 4.76 percent to an increase of 5.92 percent from what districts paid last year, Rowe said.

“Overall, we held the numbers very tight,” Rowe reported. Measures were taken to lower supply and personnel expenses where possible to keep spending increases at a minimum. They were also able to adjust their health insurance so that, while it still increased, the change was not as significant as it might have been, she explained.

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