Barker Central School DistrictBarker, NY 14012
This spring edition of The Banner includes information about the 2018-2019 school budget, a smaller-scale facilities improvement project, various student awards of achievement and recognition, and the announcement of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Commencement Speaker. It also serves to announce candidates seeking election/re-election to the school board.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, eligible district residents will have the option to vote on the proposed expenditure budget of $17,057,539 as Proposition #1. This represents a slight decrease from the current year. For the sixth straight year, we have reduced anticipated expenditures to lessen the use of reserves necessary to balance the budget without compromising our primary responsibility to provide quality programs and services for our students.
Also on the ballot will be the option to vote for three open board seats. Incumbents Candice Gancasz, Virginia Voss, and Randall Atwater will seek additional three-year terms. The deadline for submitting applications was Monday, April 16, 2018.
The projected tax rate increase for District homeowners is estimated to be below 2% (1.84%) and well below the NYS Tax Cap allowance. The school budget vote will take place in the Herbert F. Ludwig Auditorium from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You will find additional information about the proposed 2018-2019 school budget on pages 4-6.
A smaller-scale improvement project or Capital Outlay is an efficient and economical way to make important upgrades to the campus of up to $100,000. The approval process is much more streamlined than larger–scale projects requiring an extensive State Education Department review and more economical in that the State will reimburse the District at the building-aid rate of 86% in the following year. This general budget allocation of $100,000 will be used to fund repairs to sidewalks and security enhancements through the installation of additional intruder locks on classroom/office doors.
Best wishes in retirement go to Mrs. Patti Alvarez. Mrs. Alvarez has served the District for the past 21 years with plans to relocate near her children in North Carolina. Her daughter, Kelsey, is a school teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District and son, Tony, is a graphic designer, also in the Charlotte area.
With the end of the 2017-2018 school year quickly coming to a close, I extend a sincere thank you on behalf of all associated with Barker Central School. We are proud of our students and recognize that their success could not have been possible without your support. It will always be the contributions of individuals and groups, within the school and the community, that will continue to make Barker Central School District stand above the rest.
As the date of my retirement nears, please know that it has been an honor to have served as a school administrator since July of 2000, and as your school superintendent for the past eleven (11) years.
Dr. Roger J. Klatt