President Mester called the board meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.
Alyson Kiesel moved to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the employment history of a particular person. Karen Visser seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Alyson Kiesel moved to adjourn the executive session and reconvene the public session at 8:10 p.m. Karen Visser seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
President Mester welcomed everyone.
Public Hearing for School Budget and Library Budget for 2014-15
Green Campus for an Enduring World
Chappaqua Library Director Pam Thornton presented the library budget. Budget is 2.09% over last year because the library board wanted to give everyone a 2% raise.
Maintenance costs have increased. Programming has been cut and we are hoping that Friends of the Library will help us by picking up some of those costs. We are still part of Westchester Library System, but we do some computer repairs on our own. The library saved on electricity with the energy audit performed in collaboration with the school district.
The public library budget is $2,963,384. The library has a new partnership with New Castle Media. They use the projection room space. Our book sale is scheduled for the first week in June.
John Chow gave the same presentation from the April 23 board meeting for the adoption of the budget. The exceptions were changes to some numbers such as a decrease in property taxes by $150,000 to $1,738,232; State Aid increased by $300,000; appropriation of fund balance decreased by $150,000. At the last meeting it was decided by the board that the $300,000 increase in State Aid will be used to reduce property taxes by $150,000 and fund balance by $150,000.
The budget increase is 1.77% to $116,856,988 of the adopted 2014-2015 budget and that remains the same.
Green Campus for an Enduring World.
Students: Cavin Park, Anan Sarahaf, Nicolo Margelon, Sakib Rasul
This small group of students is influential in green campus issues. Their goal is to bring sustainability to the school and teach students what sustainability really is about. Some new ideas include rainwater harvesting used for flushing toilets, pave with floor tiles that use footsteps to generate energy and horizontal wind turbines. He explained the pros and cons and general usage for each of these new tools. Tiles are programmed to light up when stepped on and can be used to charge cell phones.
PTA member Lucille Rossi introduced some ideas to provide funding for these programs. For example, box tops produced about $4000 over lifetime of district use. With only reminders to sign up, Target Red Cards has generated over $31,000 with 190 current cardholders. If we reached out to the community with a more cohesive program, we could do much better. She also presented a mockup of a tracking and reporting system which requires a project manager such as a Chappaqua PTA district-wide chair to manage.
Different options were discussed by board members including an additional performance contract.