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Fewer school layoffs; districts use attrition, shared services, reserve funds to manage budgets

FOR RELEASE:  May 19, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

A substantial majority of school districts expect no actual layoffs of teaching or non-teaching staff in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a recent survey conducted by the New York State School Boards Association.

Eighty percent of 283 school business officials responding to the NYSSBA survey said they do not expect to lay off employees based on their budgets for next year. About 20 percent said they plan to impose layoffs.

“The good news is that school districts are holding the line on layoffs in 2014-15,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The bad news is that they were able to hold the line because they have had to make substantial numbers of layoffs in recent years due to the depressed economic climate.”

According to the State Education Department, more than 7,000 of the state’s teachers were laid off in 2011 and 20,000 teaching positions were lost over the three years prior to that.


Schools propose lowest average tax levy in five years; 96% of budgets stay within tax cap

FOR RELEASE:  May 14, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Schools statewide are proposing an average tax levy increase of just 1.98 percent, the lowest in five years, according to an analysis of state property tax report card data by the New York State School Boards Association.

Ninety-six percent of school districts are proposing tax levy increases at or below their tax levy limits in their upcoming budgets.

“School boards worked diligently to craft budgets that balance the needs of students with their taxpayers’ ability to pay,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The past several years brought substantial cuts in staff and programs, but the additional state aid this year helped many schools hold the line on any further deep cuts.


MEDIA ADVISORY and PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

FOR RELEASE:  April 22, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Who:     School board members, local government officials and elected leaders

What:    Municipal Innovation Exchange Summit

When:   Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Syracuse, NY

With the recent passage of the New York State property tax freeze agreement, local governments and school districts need to further examine efficient ways to consolidate or share services with neighboring municipalities.   These potential cost savings would benefit local taxpayers.

The leaders from four state associations that represent school boards, counties, cities, villages and towns will host a summit to introduce the Municipal Innovation eXchange (MIX), a new collaborative effort to help school districts and local governments expand ongoing efforts to share and consolidate services.

 


Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet elected president of the National School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE:  April 7, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet was elected president of the National School Boards Association during NSBA’s annual conference in April in New Orleans.

The National School Boards Association represents state school boards associations and more than 90,000 local school board members who lead 13,809 local school districts serving the nation's 50 million public school students. Byrne has been a member of the NSBA board since 2006.

Byrne was president of the New York State School Boards Association from 2004 to 2005. She served as vice president in 2002-2003 and the Area 10 Director from 1997 to 2003, representing school boards in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget Agreement

FOR RELEASE:  March 31, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The state’s 2014-15 budget represents a positive step forward for school districts.  The $1.1 billion increase in state aid will help preserve educational opportunities for students
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We appreciate the upward trend in funding. This marks the third consecutive increase in education funding in the state budget.

That said, school district needs remain high.  To put things into perspective, even after a $602 million restoration, the GEA is still withholding some $1 billion in state support for public schools. Rather than subsidize state rebate checks, the $344 million earmarked next year for the “tax freeze” would have been better spent by providing increased support to schools.


Longwood School Board President Daniel Tomaszewski Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Daniel Tomaszewski, president of the Longwood Central School District Board of Education, has been named Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for his longstanding dedication to public education and his tireless efforts on behalf of students. The award was presented to Tomaszewski at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

"Tomaszewski’s name has become synonymous with both advocacy and Longwood.  Over the past 10 years, he has made it his mission to develop relationships with their six state legislators to advocate for public education," said David Little, NYSSBA director of government relations.


Utica City Board of Education Honored as NYSSBA’s School Board Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The Utica City School District Board of Education has been named School Board Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for its outstanding leadership, focus and effort in public education advocacy. The award was presented to the board at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

The board is involved in many local advocacy initiatives. Board members meet with representatives of the state Assembly, Senate and governor’s office on a regular basis to discuss ways to improve the education quality for students.


Waterville School Board President Russell Stewart Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Russell Stewart, president of the Waterville Board of Education, has been named an Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for his service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Stewart at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

"Stewart has been an effective leader in advocacy efforts on a local, regional, state and national level for the past 28 years," said David Little, NYSSBA director of government relations. "He is always seeking ways to make himself a better advocate."


Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy Honored as NYSSBA’s State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany County) has been named a State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for her vision and dedication to public education. The award was presented at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

“Assemblywoman Fahy’s dedication to public education makes her a natural choice for this honor,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “She has made listening to her constituent school boards a top priority and has demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues affecting our schools today.”


Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk Honored as NYSSBA’s State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Albany County) has been named a State Legislative Freshman of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for her leadership and in public education. The award was presented at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

“Senator Tkaczyk has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events, and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”


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