The Dolgeville Board of Education will conduct a public hearing on the district’s proposed $18,178,004 2012 - 2013 budget Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The budget, if adopted, would increase spending by 1.33 percent from the current year’s budget, which totals $17,938,923. The proposed budget includes a two percent increase in the tax levy and does not include any major cuts in program or extracurricular activities.
In addition to voting on the budget on May 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, district residents will be asked to elect one member to the board of education for a five-year term.
Candidates will include incumbent Robert Maxwell and Shannon Martyniuk and Terry Williams
Maxwell said he feels he has a proven track record of keeping aware of issues and trends in schools by his attendance at countless School Board Institute and other workshops.
“I never miss meetings and I always make myself available in times of decision making. If a problem arises, I take the time to look for creative solutions,” said Maxwell.
He added he would like to see improvements made to the school, including changes to the cafeteria, construction of a restroom facility at the sports field and a wing dedicated to the middle school.
“The most pressing issue facing schools today is the uncertainty of how much state aid one will get each year. Another issue is a potential decrease in enrollment. One way to address the enrollment issue is to make our school an inviting place to move to,” said Maxwell.
Martyniuk said being fairly new to the district he is still familiarizing himself with the problems the school is facing. “Three of the most pressing issues facing DCS and schools in general are decreasing state aid, a decreasing number of students and smaller budgets,” he said, adding as state aid and budgets decrease, it is important that spending and resources are used wisely.
Martyniuk also said the faculty, staff and classroom size are among the district’s strengths.
“The most important thing to me is the education of my children. Considering the opinions and ideas of others and myself is important to keep our community strong,” he said.
Williams said he was asked by many people to run for the board of education seat.
“I believe that the strength of our school is the quality of education that our children are receiving. I think that a high percentage of our teachers really care and go the extra mile to help our kids. I believe we have a safe and clean a facility as can be found in the Mohawk Valley,” he said.
Williams said he believes the district has to find ways to save money without jeopardizing the quality of education provided to students.
Page 2 of 2 - “Most people know me as honest, hard working and a good listener. I will not just give an off the cuff answer. I will get an answer to the question and get back to you. I love DCS and would like to do my best in keeping it sound, in both education and finance. We owe our taxpayers or best effort in keeping our cost down, without compromising our children’s education,” he said.
Voters on May 15 will also be asked to approve a proposition to provide bus transportation to K-2 students who live within the village. The district currently buses kindergarten and first grade.