Lake Central School Board considers money matters

2013-09-28T20:56:00Z 2013-09-28T22:33:09Z Lake Central School Board considers money mattersLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 28, 2013 8:56 pm  • 

ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Corp. board is considering a number of money-related matters in upcoming meetings.

A recent public hearing regarding the 2014 Lake Central schools budget, the capital projects plan and the 12-year bus replacement plan drew no public opposition.

Rob James, director of business services, said the hearing was the opportunity for district residents to voice their opinions and concerns.

The School Board is slated to adopt all three budget plans at the Oct. 7 meeting, James said.

Assistant Superintendent Al Gandolfi reported to the board about the timeline of collective bargaining negotiations between the school district’s administration and the Lake Central Teachers Association.

Tuesday is the deadline, or impasse date, to complete negotiations, he said. In labor contract negotiations, an impasse occurs when the employer and the union reach a point that further bargaining is considered futile.

“We do believe we are closer and hope to have an agreement by the end of this month,” Gandolfi said. “If we can accomplish that, we’ll have met all our deadlines.”

Gandolfi also presented information about the count of students enrolled in Lake Central Schools that was held Sept. 13.

The district currently receives $4,793 per enrolled pupil, which is $914 less than the state average.

“We are in the clean-up period now,” Gandolfi said, referring to the several weeks following the count. This period is needed because there are sometimes conflicts between school corporations claiming the same student.

Each student is assigned a number. If that number appears on the State Department of Education website in two different school districts, the conflict must be resolved, he said.

The conflicts usually occur when a student leaves one district and enrolls in another without the student’s records being transferred prior to the count, Gandolfi said.

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