AUBURN — Not a single audience member asked questions at the 2019-20 Auburn school budget hearing Tuesday.
More than 10 members of the public attended the budget hearing at Auburn High School's library. Community members will be able to vote on the budget May 21. The district is set for a proposed 2.23% tax levy increase, compliant with the district's tax cap established by the state. The overall proposed spending amount would come to $78,930,561, which accounts for a 3.3% year-to-year bump.
In addition to using taxes to close its budget deficit, the budget plans on making $118,497 in reductions to Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES costs and using $2,015,000 in reserves, along with other cost-saving measures.
The district would also save $222,296 by not filling two elementary school positions created by retirements by transferring a teacher who performs academic intervention services as well as art to a full-time art position. District business executive Lisa Green gave the presentation.
In other news:
The district has created five new positions.
At the district's board of education meeting after the budget hearing, the board approved the creation of three special education teaching positions at Auburn High School, a school psychologist for the high school and a technology teacher for the high school and Auburn Junior High School.
District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said after the meeting that the psychologist and the special education teacher spots are needed because the district is bringing its high school special education program, currently done through Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, in-house. Currently there are three special education BOCES classes housed at the high school, Pirozzolo said.
He said the district is set save more than $420,000 by bringing in three teachers and a psychologist for the high school's own special education program instead of paying BOCES tuition.
Pirozzolo said the technology teacher is needed as a replacement for a position because a family consumer science teacher is set to retire.
"The state regulations changed. You can do another semester of technology or family consumer science, so we're replacing that with a technology teacher instead of a family consumer science teacher," Pirozzolo said.