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Chautauqua Lake school board considers project overseer for district

May 5, 2016
By Katrina Fuller ( , Westfield Republican

The latest board meeting was relatively quiet at Chautauqua Lake Central School District as the board of education approved several items on the agenda.

Before the board tackled the list of items for approval, Benjamin Spitzer, superintendent, discussed interviews and a possible candidate selection for a project overseer for the district.

"We did have interviews I did want to share with you for the project overseer. He will be officially our project inspector," Spitzer said. "We did four interviews, and we had two relatively bigger entities that were interested, and then we had two individuals who had experience from the private sector and had overseen projects. We selected for your consideration a gentleman by the name of Darryl John."

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The Chautauqua Lake Central School District Board of Education approved several items at a recent board meeting. Pictured, from left: Benjamin Spitzer, superintendent; and Deborah Cross-Fuller, board vice president.

He said John has experience working with the Seneca Construction Management Corporation and the USDA Forest Service.

"So, he's familiar with some of the paperwork and the requirements for documentation," Spitzer said. "His role will probably be to serve on behalf of the school district to have an extra set of eyes scrutinizing the project not only in terms of construction but the design done by architects."

He said the district is in the process of negotiating a contract with John and he hopes to bring it before the board at the next school board meeting.

In other news, the board approved election officials for the 2016-17 proposed budget and vote for school board members, including four individuals for the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot and the 2-9 p.m. time slot.

The board also approved the special transportation request for the 2016-17 school year, as well a central pick-up point for the transportation services.

According to the New York State Department of Education, non-city school districts, such as Chautauqua Lake, to provide transportation for pupils enrolled in non-public schools when properly requested prior to the April 1 deadline.

The central pick up point was designated as the Chautauqua Lake Central School District's main campus. A specific entrance to a building will be designated by the administration.

Parents will then be responsible to transport their children to the central pick-up point at the school.

The preparation and submission of the property tax report card, district budget notice and basic STAR exemption reports were also approved for the 2016-17 school year which includes a variety of information.

The information will consist of the budget amount of the 2015-16 school year of $21,418,018 and the budget amount proposed for the 2016-17 school year of $22,040,495.

The contingency budget for the 2016-17 school budget should the proposed budget be defeated will be in the amount of $21,628,395. The actual school tax levy for the current year is $11,238,923 while the proposed school tax levy for the 2016-17 school year will be $11,261,424.

Other information which will be included is the total current enrollment of 942 students compared to the projected enrollment for next year of 945 students.

The consumer price index will be reported as .12 percent.

Actual restricted fund balance for the 2015-16 school year was reported as $2,757,012 while the estimated restricted fund balance for the 2016-17 school year is reported as $950,000. The actual assigned fund balance for the 2015-16 school is reported as $659,478 while the estimated assigned fund balance for the 2016-17 school year is projected at $750,000.

Actual unassigned fund balance was reported as $1,182,947 for 2015-16 while the estimated unassigned fund balance for the 2015-16 school year is $881,000.

Unassigned fund balance as a percent of the total 2015-16 budget is 5.52 percent while the unassigned fund balance as a percent of the total 2016-17 budget is 4 percent.



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