The Weekly membership newsletter of the
Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, NY
P. O. Box 535, West Sand Lake, NY 12196
Meets 6:30 PM Mondays at The Lakeview Inn Restaurant
President Gerald Tysiak Secretary Peg Weiss
Vice President Gary Meislin Treasurer Robert S. Pasquarelli
Sandpiper Editor Jo Moccia Immediate Past Pres Joe Behson
Webmaster David E. Booker Photographer Jim Rogers
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Paul, Ray Turner, William Whipple
Bryce E. Cutler, Skip Patton, James E. Rogers
John C. Brownrigg, James M. Colabelli, Eve M. Ward
Club Bulletin Committee
Jo Moccia, Chair
Jim Colabelli Pat Lane
PRESIDENT ELECT Gary Meislin presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Skip Patton
The meeting was called to order by President-Elect Gary Meislin with a thoughtful invocation by Skip Patton . Total anarchy at the dinner line as all tables were called at once. Somehow we all got fed.
There were no guests in attendance, but we welcomed Jo Moccia back after a long absence. She gave an informative presentation on the 2009-2010 APCSD budget for the upcoming vote on May 19. Our district has 3447 students, and is supported by taxes on 8884 parcels of land. Jo presented several comparisons between our district and other Suburban Council and Rensselaer County school districts. Ours is considered a medium-sized district. We have a good attendance rate at 97%, with only a 3% drop-out rate, and a graduation rate at 93%. We have a relatively low (11%) reduced or free lunch qualification level, which indicates average needs and a low poverty rate. Jo provided a comparison of taxes based on a residential property with a value of $300,000. If the house were in APCSD the school taxes would be $4878, which is third lowest in the Suburban Council, behind Queensbury and Mohonasen, and the third lowest in Rensselaer County.
The new budget includes no tax levy increase. The net budget increase is only 1.03% over last year. Some factors in keeping it low were energy cost reductions of $1 million over the past 3 years, in-house vocational education, and a net reduction of 9 teaching staff (12 retired but only 3 will be replaced). The District will receive $420,621 in federal stimulus funds, with some restrictions on how it will be used. We will get $57,400 less state aid than last year, however. The increase in personnel costs are less than 1%. Overall, administration costs are about 7%, well below the maximum 10% guideline. Our per pupil cost is $7100, well below the average of $9400. Our Special Education per pupil cost is $2300, also below average, yet a study commissioned by the District indicated that the program is considered so desirable that families move into the District to take advantage of it.
There will be a proposal on the ballot for the purchase of 11 new buses, as the bus purchase proposal was voted down last year. Jo pointed out that it is more cost-effective to purchase some new buses each year and keep the fleet young than to maintain an old fleet. Our buses drive a total of 1 million miles annually over our 140 square mile district. Also on the ballot will be a choice of two candidates among five to replace current School Board members Chris Shaw and Regina Cristo. Candidates are Chris Foster, Lou Morizio, Bill Reinhardt, Peter Schaefer and Jessica Zweig. There will be an information meeting May 12 at APHS at 6:30 PM. The vote is May 19, 7:00 AM-9:00 PM.
Jo was asked if there had been any negotiations with the unions. She said that there had been, but that there had been no concessions for this year. She considered it likely that there would be next year. Several teachers and an administrator took advantage of early retirement incentives.
There was discussion about the much more civilized articles in the Advertiser this year. Jo pointed out that there were more people at Board meetings, so more were well-informed. She also felt that the “Stakeholders’ Group” comprising representatives of many interest groups from the community with the single cardinal rule of civility at meetings contributed to a sense of cooperation in building the budget.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT: After Dr. Jo’s informative presentation Joe Behson, on behalf of the Nominating Committee, presented the slate of candidates for the Annual meeting May 11:
President: Gary Meislin
President-Elect: Skip Patton
Treasurer: Bob Pasquarelli
Vice President: Unfilled
Directors (3 to be elected): Joe Behson, Pat Lane, Ron Wagner,
Barb Fioravanti, Dale Hall, Bob Loveridge
Still needed is an Election Committee - to be appointed next week.
$ Skip: For good food and an extra dollar for Eve’s great chocolate cake.
$ Joe Behson: For good slate of officers, an anticipatory $ that a VP candidate will step up.
$ Nancy W.: After Trashbusters with Bob Loveridge she ran into Ray Loveridge, who replied to her remark about Bob’s help with the project, “Well, I’m glad he’s doing something!”
$ Barb: 3 Happy $ for APHS KC Empty Bowls project which raised $1000 for Hunger Project; for both Key Clubs at Trashbusters; and for CHS Key Club’s Karaoke night where all had fun but just broke even in attempt to raise funds for Lyrics from the Heart.
$ Dale is happy for his new Key Club Administrator shirt, but unhappy it’s red, reminding him of the *@#$% Sox.
$ Woodie, shown on right, is happy for a good turnout at the Boy Scout spaghetti dinner.
$ Gary is happy that Time Warner put in cable, but unhappy it’s still above ground. Also happy that power company came and reattached his service entrance mast to the house after the December ice storm damage.
$ Joe Behson is happy because he has a new Honda CRV. Kept that convertible, though!
Door Prize - Ron Wagner won the 4th extra dinner
50/50 to Eve, probably $17. Maybe. Far as we can tell.
Progressive 50/50 for $123 with 44 cards, Bob Loveridge drew the 10 ♣.
Next week: Annual Meeting and Election.
May 11 Program Chair Jerry Tysiak
Program: Bon Acre project with speaker Ed Patanian.
Invocator/Greeter: Bob Carpenter
MAY 18 Program Chair: Woodie Hacker
Program: Maurice Padula, Senior Consumer Frauds Representatives,
NY Attorney General's Office
Invocator/Greeter/Certificate: Bob Pasquarelli
MAY 25 No meeting - Memorial Day - SL Memorial Day Parade
JUNE 1 Program Chair: Bob Pasquarelli
Program: Membership & Education Committee Update
Invocator/Greeter: Barb Fioravanti
JUNE 8 Annual Work Day at BSA Camp Rotary
JUNE 15 Program Chair: Ray Turner
Program: Ralph LaMontagna, Averill Park Education Foundation
Invocator/Greeter/Certificate: George Raneri
This week’s Quote: Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back. If you smile at it, it returns the greeting.
- Herbert Samuels (submitted by El_Shaddai_Rox)
Pres. Elect Gary Meislin presiding, Secretary Peg and Treasurer Bob present.
Directors present: Patton, Behson, Fioravanti, Brownrigg, Ward, Turner, Whipple.
The minutes were approved and Treasurer’s report accepted for filing.
Division Council meeting May 20 at Troy Motor Boat and Canoe Club.
The Utica District Office building was sold for $126,000.
Motions to pay the bills and adjourn were made, seconded, and enthusiastically approved.
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