Cattaraugus-Little Valley Adopts Budget

CATTARAUGUS – The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District has adopted a 2014-15 budget with an expenditure increase of more than $1 million.

At a regular meeting of the Board of Education earlier this month, a $24,081,925 budget was approved alongside a tax levy increase of 1.98 percent.

The expenditure amount contained within the budget reflects a substantial increase over the $23,035,766 budget under which the district is currently operating. According to Jon Peterson, superintendent, this is due in large part to the amount of aid the district received in restoration to its gap elimination adjustment.

“We’re elated,” Peterson said. “When you combine the last three years’ budgets with what the GEA and our state aid looked like in January, I think it’s a fantastic budget. On the other hand, if we had built this budget back in the mid-2000s when things were great, it would be an OK budget.”

Peterson said the expenditure increase has helped to facilitate staff additions to assist with the demands of a well-rounded implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards. He said the district will be hiring a new full-day prekindergarten teacher, which he said is supposed to be funded through the state’s universal full-day pre-K initiative, as well as a new middle school teacher.

Also, Peterson said the district will be enhancing the security of its students and staff by bringing on a school resource officer and purchasing window security film to keep intruders from entering the building via its windows.

The adopted budget will be presented by Peterson on several occasions throughout next month. He said he will be making a presentation to a Cattaraugus senior citizens group Thursday, and a May 13 presentation to a Little Valley senior citizens group.

The budget’s public hearing will be held May 13 in the school theater at 6:30 p.m. In order to be fully approved, the budget will need to be passed through a community vote, which will be held May 20.