Budget discussion, retirement of AD on board of education agenda | #Education

Presentation of a 2021-22 Rome school district draft budget, retirement plans for longtime district Athletic Director Michael Stamboly, and approval of lacrosse programs for the current school year are among items before the Board of Education tonight.

The start of the board meeting at 5 p.m. today is anticipated to go to a closed executive session to discuss contract negotiations and legal matters. The regular public session is expected to start at 6 p.m.

The meeting will not be open to public attendance due to COVID-19 considerations. But the public can access it through a virtual Zoom format using a link at https://moric-org.zoom.us/j/91718429272 online. On the agenda.

• District Superintendent Peter C. Blake said he will be giving a 2021-2022 budget presentation.

It will be the first public review of the proposed spending plan that would take effect July 1; school district officials have been compiling the draft budget, which will be subject to school board discussion and potential revisions before the board’s scheduled approval of a proposed budget by April 20. Public approval will be sought in a May 18 vote.

The district’s current 2020-21 budget is $122.6 million, up about $5.9 million from 2019-20. Its primary funding sources include state financial aid and a local property tax levy.

The district as of March 1 submitted a tax cap of 2.32%, Director of Business and Finance David Dreidel told the board at its March 11 meeting. March 1 was the date for the district to submit its tax levy limit to the state, reflecting how much of a tax increase potentially could be sought based on state tax-cap formulas. Dreidel also noted at the March 11 meeting that data has been provided for the board regarding varying levels for a potential tax levy, along with impacts if the amounts were or were not levied.

As for government-related financial aid, totals announced in January in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2021-22 state budget would reflect a 1.41% increase for the Rome district if enacted. A final 2021-22 state budget is to take effect April 1.

• Stamboly, who is Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Health & Health Services, will retire effective July 15, 2024, according to an agenda resolution to accept his retirement.

Stamboly has been the district’s athletic director since 2006. Among his prior positions he was an assistant principal at Strough Middle School.

• A resolution calls for the board to approve lacrosse athletics for the current 2020-21 school year.

The approval would be for spring 2021 boys and girls lacrosse, Blake said Wednesday. He explained “lacrosse is considered high-risk” as a sport amid the COVID-19 situation, and Oneida County “requires board approval to run those programs.”

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