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2021 Annual Budget Vote & Election

ALEXANDER CENTRAL SCHOOL

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND ANNUAL VOTE

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN OF a Public Budget Hearing and Annual Vote for the qualified voters of the Alexander Central School District.  A Public Budget Hearing will be held in the Secondary School Cafeteria on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 7:00 PM for the purpose of reviewing the proposed 2021-2022 school budget.

 

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that a copy of the budget or statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for public purposes, exclusive of public monies, and the tax exemption report may be obtained from the Business Office between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 PM by any voter in the district during the fourteen (14) days preceding the annual vote, and

 

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that voting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM in Room 116 of the Alexander Secondary School, Alexander, NY on the following propositions:

 

PROPOSITION #1 - BASIC BUDGET - Shall the Budget, submitted by the Board of Education for the 2021-2022 school year, be approved and shall taxes be levied upon the taxable property of the school district to meet the requirements of this budget?

 

PROPOSITION #2 – BUS PURCHASES - Resolved that the Board of Education of the Alexander Central School District is hereby authorized to acquire (2) 64 passenger school buses and (1) small school bus, at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $318,085, and such to be funded from the Bus Reserve, as permitted by law.

 

PROPOSITION #3 - EQUIPMENT CAPITAL RESERVE FUND - Resolved that the Board of Education of the Alexander Central School District is hereby authorized to expend $96,870 from the existing 2018 Equipment Capital Reserve Fund for the acquisition of (65) computers at an estimated cost of $43,750, acquisition of (1) Dehydrator for the Middle High School STEAM room at an estimated maximum cost of $18,750, (1) RTV for maintenance and athletics at an estimated maximum cost of $17,870, and (1) floor machine  at an estimated maximum cost of $16,500, as permitted by law.

 

PROPOSITION #4 - ESTABLISH CAPITAL RESERVE FUND - Resolved that the Board of Education of the Alexander Central School District is hereby authorized to establish a Capital Reserve Fund pursuant to section 3651 of the Education Law (to be known as the “2021 Capital Reserve Fund”), with the purpose of such fund being to finance construction, reconstruction, improvement and equipping of school buildings and facilities; such capital costs being of a type that would be eligible for financing under the local finance law, and costs incidental thereto, the ultimate amount of such fund to be $975,000, plus earnings thereon, the probable term of such fund to be ten (10) years, but such fund shall continue in existence until liquidated in accordance with the Education Law or until the funds are exhausted, and the sources from which the funds shall be obtained for such Reserve, with an initial minimum deposit of $50,000 from current fund balance at year end.

 

PROPOSITION #5 – SCHOOL BUS RESERVE FUND - Resolved that the Board of Education of the Alexander Central School District is hereby authorized to establish a School Bus Reserve Fund pursuant to section 3651 of the Education Law (to be known as the “2021 School Bus Reserve Fund”), with the purpose of such fund being to finance the purchase of school buses, vehicles and equipment that would be eligible for financing under the local finance law, and costs incidental thereto, the ultimate amount of such fund to be $500,000, plus earnings thereon, the probable term of such fund to be ten (10) years, but such fund shall continue in existence until liquidated in accordance with the Education Law or until the funds are exhausted, and the sources from which the funds shall be obtained for such Reserve with an initial minimum deposit of $50,000, and (ii) amounts from budgetary appropriations from time to time, and (iii) unappropriated fund balance made available by the Board of Education from time to time, and (iv) New York State Aid received and made available by the Board of Education from time to time,  all as permitted by law.

 

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the Clerk of the District no later than 5:00 PM on April 19, 2021. Petition forms may be obtained at the Superintendent’s Office in the Secondary School Building during regular office hours from 8:00 AM. to 3:30 PM.

 

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the election of a Board Member will be conducted between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Room 116 of the Alexander Secondary School and will be voted concurrently with the vote on the propositions:  The Five-Year Term of Board of Education member, John Slenker, which expires June 30, 2021.  Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the District, shall state the residence of each signer, and shall state the name and residence of the candidate.

 

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the District Clerk’s office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM or by mail.  Completed applications must be received by the Clerk, no later than May 14, 2021 (mail) or May 18, 2021 (delivered).  A list of absentee voters will be available for public inspection before the vote, as required by law.  Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk, no later than 5:00 PM, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

 

Dated: April 3, 2021

By Order of the Board of Education, Lisa Atkinson, District Clerk

2/3/21:   7:00 PM Regular Meeting
              Budget Planning during discussion
 
3/3/21:   7:00 PM Regular Meeting
              Budget Planning during discussion
              Initial Draft of Completed Budget
 
4/7/21:   7:00 PM Regular Meeting
              Board of Education adopts the proposed 2021-2022 Budget
 
4/3/21:   Legal Publication (1st Notice)
 
 
4/19/21: Legal Publication (2nd Notice)
              Deadline for voter submitted petitions for propositions
              Board of Education candidate petitions due.
 
4/21/21- 5/10/21:  District Clerk Mails Absentee Ballots

4/23/21:  Legal Publication (3rd Notice)
               Property Tax Report Card submitted to SED
 
4/28/21:  Budget available for public review
 
5/5/21:    7:00 PM Budget Hearing District Auditorium
 
5/7/21:    Legal Publication (4th Notice)
 
5/11/21:   Budget Newsletter Mailed
 
5/18/21:   Budget, Board Election, and Proposition Vote ~ 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Budget Hearing:
Annual Budget Hearing
May 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 
District Auditorium
Absentee Ballots:
Alexander Central School District qualified residents can obtain and use absentee ballots for District elections. To obtain an absentee ballot, residents must submit an application and be unable to appear at the vote in person for one of the following reasons:
• Patient in hospital or unable to appear due to illness or physical disability;
• Occupation or business which will require an individual to be outside of the county or city of his/her residence on the day of the vote;
• Absence from your voting residence due to confinement in jail awaiting action by grand jury, awaiting trial or confined in prison after conviction or an offense other than a felony;
• Absence from the District on the day of the vote by reason of accompanying or being with a spouse, child or parent who is an eligible voter and is eligible for an absentee ballot due to one of the above reasons;
• Anyone with a permanent illness or disability need only apply once for an absentee ballot. If determined eligible, absentee ballots will be mailed prior to future elections without reapplication;
• Applications must be received at the District Office at least seven (7) days before the election if a ballot is to be mailed to the voter. Completed ballots must be returned by 5:00 PM the day of the vote.
 
For further information, please contact Lisa Atkinson, District Clerk, at the District Office 585-591-1551 ext. 2422 or latkinson@alexandercsd.org
 
Definition of Qualified Voter: 
A person shall be entitled to vote in the School District’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Election, who is:  
1. A citizen of the United States;
2. Eighteen years of age;
3. A resident within the School District for a period of thirty days next preceding May 18, 2021; and
4. No person shall have the right to register for or vote who would not be qualified to register for or vote at an election in accordance with the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law.
 
The deadline for candidates to file nomination for the Office of Member of the Board of Education is Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:00 PM. If interested, or for more information, please contact Lisa Atkinson, District Clerk, at (585) 591-1551 ext 2422 or email latkinson@alexandercsd.org
Budget:
You can find detailed budget information for the 2021-2022 vote HERE
Election of Board of Education Member:
One (1) position for a term of five (5) years commencing July 1, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2026 to succeed John Slenker, whose term expires on June 30, 2021.
 
2021 School Board Candidate Information:
 
Josselyn Borowiec

My name is Josselyn Borowiec. I currently have two sons, a senior and a freshman, attending ACS. They have been and/or are currently active in many sports, school plays, PageTurners, band and chorus, with my youngest son also organizing a Dungeons and Dragons club prior to the pandemic. We have been residents of the district since my eldest was in 1st grade, when we moved back out here to take over a family business. The Stabas have been a part of the ACS district for generations, including as teachers and staff.

Our first engagement with the community was over the summer we moved, with Tri-Town athletics. We have been strong supporters of Tri-Town ever since, volunteering many fun hours in the snack stand, always showing up for fundraising events, helping coach and helping coaches, even after our boys aged out. Tri-Town is the primary reason our athletics are so strong and successful in Alexander.

Likewise, since day one, I have felt our schools are only as strong as our parent involvement is strong. Over the past 12 years I have been active with Tri-Town Athletics, Alexander Baseball Club, ACES Lego Robotics, ACS PageTurners, have served as “grade parent”. I have served as the parent representative on the panel review of our highly-successful Covid-19 re-opening and response plan for this past school year; have taught yoga to all the kindergarteners for the past few years. I have volunteered innumerable times over the past twelve years in many capacities for many teachers and programs at ACS.

I feel my experience as the Children’s Librarian at our public library in Corfu as well as the Library Director at the Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion affords me additional expertise, in both understanding the needs of children and parents, but even just how a public institution works, a board’s role, etc. I am honored to have recently been one of only eleven librarians across the entire state to have won the “Outstanding Librarian Award” by state Senator Sean Ryan.

I am running for ACS School Board because, as has always been my way, I saw a need so I volunteered to help. Being the child of two public-sector educators, I know a school district is only as good as its participation from, and support within, the community. A district is only as strong as its schools are vibrant. Having an excellent public school leads its graduates to want to stay in the district, or return to it when it’s time to put down roots. Likewise, it encourages anyone new moving into the area to choose Alexander to call home over other neighboring districts. I believe every single member of our community has a vested interest in our schools. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of how our terrific school operates and I hope to bring more positive changes in the future. Please consider supporting me for ACS Board of Education on May 18th. GO, TROJANS!

Lindsay Bessey
 
My name is Lindsay Bessey, I’m a wife and mother of 3 beautiful little girls. My husband and I are both WNY natives and 2 years ago, our prayers were answered when we had the chance to move back to WNY. We knew we wanted to find our forever home in a small, tight-knit community with good values to raise our children. So, when we found a home in Darien and started to research the community, we knew it was a place we could settle our roots. We found a community that knows about hard work, ethics, respect and pride. A community that has rooted traditions, supports others and has a comforting simplicity, one will never find in city or suburban life. A community that knows a strong education, bonding athletic programs and imaginative arts curriculum, all play a vital role in developing a child into a well-rounded and productive member of society.

I understand the importance of instilling these values into our children. So many aspects of life today are challenging, to say the least. Having a strong and wholesome foundation for our children to build upon, will offer them the best opportunity for a bright future. I want to be a voice for the members of our tight-knit community. A voice for those who feel as strongly as I do, about preserving Alexander traditions, while also growing and reaching new heights. I know the importance of children being in school and working creatively to give them the most we can, while remaining safe. I know how important athletics and extracurricular activities are to this community and how much they bond us all. I look forward to seeing children and families enjoying the things they once did, prior to the pandemic. I understand that every parent has their own concerns about life for their children during this time. I want to hear your concerns, your hopes, your vision, your struggles, and figuring out how we can work together to help everyone feel our community is on a positive path. I would love to help come up with innovative ways to save our tax payers money, without sacrificing the things our children need.

My husband and I are both avid hunters and enjoy teaching our children to have a passion for the outdoors. We’re proud to be a law enforcement family and have a tremendous appreciation for all first responders in our community and within our schools. I have been a figure skating coach for many years. I enjoy gardening, raising chickens, boating, sewing, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Some of my volunteer work includes being an HOA Board Secretary for 2 years. I was also a parent volunteer at my children’s school, dance program, PTA and MOPS group. Every year around Christmas since 2016, I’ve created “blessings bags” and donated them to women staying in women’s shelters. At the start of the pandemic when there was a mask shortage, I made over 1,000 masks and donated them to local medical workers and first responders. In addition to my responsibilities as the Director of Marketing and Assistant Director of a local nonprofit, Fantastic Friends of WNY, I also volunteer my time for the organization. FFWNY is a social organization for individuals of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Since 2016, I have helped with marketing, grant writing, website development, fundraising and developing programming for the community center and culinary program. This year, I am the chairwoman for our “Rock The Runway” fashion show. An event to raise money and celebrate our special needs individuals’ unique “abilities”.

I thank you in advance for your consideration and would be honored to be blessed with your vote. A vote for me is a vote for small town values.