Question: When looking at the budget why does the director of buildings and grounds salary more than double this year? Also, why are the guidance counselor salaries up almost $50,000? This seems high.
Answer: The increase of $76,765 that appears in one budget line-item is an increase in that payment code only, the net payment by the district for the management of the building, grounds, health, and safety functions will actually decrease $20,000 this year (at a minimum). This is because we have chosen to consolidate two management positions into one director of building, grounds, health, and safety. The savings from this consolidation over the next five years should be at least $200,000 in salary, healthcare, and pension costs.
A guidance counselor is a mandated position for schools that serve students in grades seven through 12. the position did not exist at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School, meaning the school was not fully meeting that state education regulations until fall of 2010 when the position was created. During the 2010-11 school year, this position was paid for with federal stimulus money. In the upcoming 2011-12 school year, this position will be paid for with money from the general fund. This change in where the position's funding comes from is reflected in the line-item budget.
-answered by Ed Szumowski, Board of Education Vice President, and Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent
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