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The Times
  • State aid projections reviewed at MCS

  • State aid projections for the Mohawk Central School District for the 2013 - 2014 school year are not encouraging, interim Superintendent Gene Beirne reported at a school board meeting Monday.

    While the district’s state aid allotment for the current school year is $9,753,000, the state aid figures he viewed Nov. 30 projected the district would receive $9,885,000 for the next school year.

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  • State aid projections for the Mohawk Central School District for the 2013 - 2014 school year are not encouraging, interim Superintendent Gene Beirne reported at a school board meeting Monday.
    While the district’s state aid allotment for the current school year is $9,753,000, the state aid figures he viewed Nov. 30 projected the district would receive $9,885,000 for the next school year.
    “That’s a 1.3 percent increase,” said Beirne. “We were hoping for at least two percent.”
    He added the projection doesn’t cover the impact of Hurricane Sandy and school officials still don’t know what the governor’s message will reveal.
    In the meantime, costs are going up.
    Beirne said the teacher retirement bill will be going up 35 percent; employees’ retirement will be up 25 percent and health insurance is expected to rise seven percent.
    Enrollment figures, on the other hand, are dropping. There were 865 pupils enrolled in the district in October 2010. In October 2012, that number had dropped to 807.
    APPR Plan
    Beirne said the state is requiring each district to submit an annual professional performance review plan by Jan. 17, 2013. If the plan is not submitted, the districts will lose money. He said initially the teachers’ union, which has been without a contract for two years, had said it would not sign the APPR unless a new contract was approved. The union has since agreed to sign the preliminary plan. Once the plan is finalized, the union will consider signing the final draft.
    He said the district is in negotiations with the instructional and non-instructional unions and he hopes to complete those negotiations in a reasonable amount of time.
    In other business, the board:
    • Approved an amendment to the district’s agreement with the Ilion Central School District for the services of Business Manager Ken Long.
    • Voted to abolish a full-time teacher aide position at Jarvis Junior-Senior High School effective Feb. 28, 2013. Beirne explained the woman who holds the position was hired under Civil Service, but when she retires in February, the position will become a typist’s position.
    • Approved the six-month probationary appointment of Charles Luther, part-time watchman and cleaner, effective Nov. 30.
    • Accepted the resignation of David Brewer as a part-time bus driver, effective retroactive to Nov. 13.

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