Here is a summary of the most recent meeting of the Niagara Falls School Board.
Presentation tax declaration form
Budget manager Julie Jacklin explained the property tax return slip.
There is a 7.67% increase in the Council’s budget compared to last year. Last year, there was no increase in expenditure. The tax levy is unchanged for the eighth consecutive year.
Public school enrollment
Superintendent Mark Laurrie pointed out that public school enrollment is down slightly. Before Covid, 63 students in the district were home-schooled; post-Covid, there are 233. Some students may return. A discussion ensues about general finances, special education costs, graduation rates, and Regents exams.
General Fund Budget 2022-2023 Ms. Rebecca Holody and Ms. Jacklin
The CPI is 5.72.
The State budget was not voted at the time of the presentation. The district assumed a $250,000 increase so that the district could spend a higher amount if a higher amount is allocated in the state budget. If so, the $250,000 could also be set aside. The recommended budget is $164,895,787.
If the budget is not passed, the district will have to eliminate outdoor use of land and facilities, as required by law. In addition, the district would also have to eliminate $6.7 million in improvements such as updated interactive whiteboards, the purchase of necessary maintenance equipment, and improvements to the Community Education Center (CEC).
Summer school and programs 2022
Mr. Richard Carella gave this overview of the summer programs:
Camp Wolverine, ELP, preparatory and secondary credit recovery, summer sports and enrichment for Gr. 7-12 will run from July 11 to August 11, 2022, Monday to Thursday. The bus is provided.
Summer sports and enrichment begins July 12, 2022.
The ENL, Special Education Extended School Year and P-TECH programs are Monday to Friday / on these dates:
ENL – 15 – 19 August 2022; P-TECH runs July 11-22, 2022; and the extended school year for special education runs from July 6 to August 11, 2022.
Elementary Extended Learning Program: GJ Mann and Hyde Park Elementary Schools, for students graduating from Kindergarten to Grade 5. This is a full day program including academic enrichment in English and Mathematics, support staff for ENL and special education students, and Reading Recovery. Afternoon sessions are hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, with enrichment provided by NFCSD (Arts and Crafts, Dance and Karate).
The English as a New Language program runs August 15-19, 2022 and offers cultural celebrations with rich language experiences and project-based instruction, culminating in a Parent and Family Day. This offer takes place at Kalfas Elementary.
Prep School Credit Recovery will be offered in-person at the NFHS for Years 6-8 and includes
ELA, math, science, and social studies.
High school credit recovery will be offered via a hybrid delivery with distance learning with in-person assistance at the Niagara Falls High School walk-in support center. Preparation for the Regents test is included.
Summer sports and enrichment camp begins July 12; lunch and bus transportation will be provided for incoming students in grades 7-12. The camp will use several sites, including NFHS. It will include Cheerleading, Coed Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Ice Hockey, F-Bites Cooking, Art, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Bowling and Wrestling.
P-TECH: Cohort 1: Students will take their first university credit course – MET 110 – Intro to CADD (Computer-Aided Design – two-dimensional drawing)
Cohort 2: Intro to P-TECH Summer Camp will take Algebra and Engineering projects, listen to a series of speakers, and take an NCCC field trip
Special education offerings include an extended school year for students with individualized 12-month learning goals; at Cataract Elementary and NFHS.
The Wolverine Jr. and Intermediate camp for ages 5-12 will be held at Cataract Elementary. This camp helps functional skills students maintain academic, occupational, and social functioning during the summer.
All applications will be completed electronically via QR codes.