Proposition 1 - Robert E. Bell Middle School Cafeteria
This ballot proposition is asking voters to allow the District to TRANSFER money from specified accounts fin order to renovate the cafeteria at Robert E. Bell Middle School. The District is NOT seeking any additional monies by way of this propositions. It will allow for certain alteration, reconstruction, and renovation work, including replacement of equipment and removal of a wall. This redesign of the serving line area will improve functionality and traffic flow as well as provide for a faster and more enjoyable dining experience.
Frequently Asked Questions. . .
Q: How will this proposition be funded?
A: At a maximum expenditure of $390,000, the District is seeking voter approval to transfer up to $190,000 from the Fund Balance in the School District Lunch Fund as of June 30, 2019 to the capital fund to pay for the costs of such project, with the remaining amount to be paid through interfund transfers to the capital fund in the general fund budgets for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. No budget increase is called for in this proposition.
Q: Why doesn’t the District instead transfer the $190K to the General Fund and use it to reduce the tax levy?
A: Doing so is prohibited by New York State education law. The School Lunch Fund is a separate, stand-alone fund used to account for revenues and expenditures in connection with the school district’s food service program. Monies in the School Lunch Fund can be used only for expenditures relating to the food services program (e.g. equipment, furniture, renovations, etc.).
Q: Will this proposition impact the proposed 2019-20 school budget, or future budgets?
A: No. This proposition will have no impact on the school budget in any way. It will not affect the final budget numbers; it will not affect the tax levy, and it will not affect the tax rates for District residents. No budget increase is called for in this proposition. The District is NOT seeking any additional monies by way of this proposition.
Q: How will Proposition 1 be worded on the ballot come May 21?
BELL SCHOOL CAFETERIA IMPROVEMENTS PROPOSITION
“Shall the Board of Education of the Chappaqua Central School District, Westchester County, New York be authorized to perform certain alteration, reconstruction and renovation work, including replacement of equipment at the cafeteria at the Robert E. Bell Middle School, including incidental expenses, at a maximum expenditure of $390,000, with the amount of up to $190,000 to be transferred from the Fund Balance in the School District Lunch Fund as of June 30, 2019 to the capital fund to pay for the costs of such project. (The remaining amount will be paid through interfund transfers to the capital fund in the general fund budgets for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.) No budget increase is called for in this proposition.”
Q: How can I get more information or ask a question?
A: Please contact John Chow, Assistant Superintendent of Business, at 914-238-7200 x1006 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.