OSWEGO, NY – Currently, the preliminary 2017-18 Oswego school budget tentatively stands at $82,070,078.
Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey emphasized at Tuesday’s school board meeting that this “is a work in progress” and the numbers could change in a couple of weeks, he added.
For example, the district is expecting additional state aid, he noted.
Dr. Goewey is projecting district expenditures to also come in at $82,072,078.
The district is in a good place right now, the superintendent said, pointing out the proposed budget is less than the 2016-17 budget of $82.8 million.
“We’re trying to rebuild some things that were reduced last year,” he said.
The positions the district is proposing to add are:
• Two elementary teacher positions
• One OHS English teacher
• Five part-time elementary main office clerks
• Continued funding of two 8:1:1 classrooms at Riley
• Two special education teachers
• Two teaching assistants
While the district is proposing to restore some sports, such as varsity football, football varsity cheerleaders, varsity girls’ hockey and others, the superintendent pointed out several others aren’t in line to be restored, as of now.
Other programs and position yet to be restored include elementary intramurals, team leaders, high school and middle school clubs as well as field trips.
The district is looking at health care proposals as a money-saving option. They are also anticipating a boost from the legislative state aid runs.
Collective bargaining looms on the horizon.
There is still some time left; and a lot of work to do, the superintendent said.
A budget review meeting is scheduled for April 4.