New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org en NY Report Touts School District Mergers http://wamc.org/post/ny-report-touts-school-district-mergers <p>Smaller school districts facing budget issues and financial tangles may want to consider merging with neighboring schools. That's the gist of a new report issued by the New York State School Boards Association.</p><p>The recently merged Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville School District in Montgomery County&nbsp;is regarded by many as a “showcase” model for a successful merger, in the spirit of the NYSSBA report.</p><p><strong>»</strong>&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba_pdf/Reports-Merger.pdf" target="_blank">Read the complete report</a>.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:46:26 +0000 Dave Lucas 73698 at http://wamc.org NY Report Touts School District Mergers Hudson Valley County Exec Hits The Road For Local Government Reform http://wamc.org/post/hudson-valley-county-exec-hits-road-local-government-reform <p>The Ulster County executive is behind a statewide tour to learn how municipalities in New York are best coping with fiscal challenges. This comes during an era of unfunded mandates and a two-percent property tax cap. He says the idea is to prevent communities from becoming distressed or on the brink of bankruptcy.</p><p>The initiative is called PAYGo NY. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein says it harkens back to a philosophy of pay as you go. Hein is also president of the New York State County Executives Association.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:34:21 +0000 Allison Dunne 65840 at http://wamc.org Hudson Valley County Exec Hits The Road For Local Government Reform Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association - NY School Budget Votes http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association-ny-school-budget-votes <p>More than 95 percent of the school budgets that went before the voters in New York on Tuesday were approved but, those that exceeded the two percent property tax cap did not fare as well. Only about 30 percent of those spending plans were approved.&nbsp;</p><p>The executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, tells WAMC's Brian Shields the initial results show 630 school districts budgets were approved with 30 rejected.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:04:45 +0000 Brian Shields 65290 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association - NY School Budget Votes NY Residents Voting On School Budgets http://wamc.org/post/ny-residents-voting-school-budgets <p>New York residents are voting on their school districts' proposed budgets for next year.</p><p>Authorities say the average proposed tax levy increase is 2.8 percent, with school spending rising about the same amount, driven by increases in contributions to employee retirement systems.</p><p>This is the second year school districts are working under New York's tax cap law, which generally limits tax levy increases to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Budget proposals that exceed the cap need a 60 percent supermajority of votes to pass.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:07:12 +0000 Jaired Crofut 65164 at http://wamc.org NY Residents Voting On School Budgets Report Shows Declining School Enrollment in the Hudson Valley http://wamc.org/post/report-shows-declining-school-enrollment-hudson-valley <p>School enrollment is declining in New York’s Hudson Valley. A new report shows projections through 2020, and already has three years of numbers demonstrating the downward trend.</p><p>The report, entitled “The Empty Classroom Syndrome,” looks at enrollment projections for 114 public school districts across nine Hudson Valley counties – Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Newburgh-based non-profit planning and policy organization Pattern for Progress released the report. Here’s Pattern’s President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:29:34 +0000 Allison Dunne 64542 at http://wamc.org Report Shows Declining School Enrollment in the Hudson Valley NYS to Implement System to Diagnose Fiscal Stress http://wamc.org/post/nys-implement-system-diagnose-fiscal-stress <p>There’s a new system ready to be put in place in New York State to help identify local governments and school districts under financial strain. The idea is to flag financial problems before they spiral into a crisis.</p><p>The New York State Comptroller’s office has finalized plans to implement a statewide fiscal monitoring system to identify local governments and school districts under or nearing financial stress, by classifying their fiscal conditions. Brian Butry is a spokesman for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:49:06 +0000 Allison Dunne 56752 at http://wamc.org NYS to Implement System to Diagnose Fiscal Stress Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association-1 <p></p><p>After accepting the recommendations of a panel appointed to study how public schools in New York can be improved, Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear that not all schools are created equal, and they cannot be treated as such. The governor says schools in the poor, high-needs areas of New York must also provide student support in social services. Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, agrees with the governor but has concerns about where the money will come from. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Brian Shields 54998 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed the teacher evaluation bill into law. Parents will be able to see the evaluations for their own child&rsquo;s teacher, but the information will not be available to the general public or the media. Tim Kremer , the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association tells WAMC&rsquo;s Brian Shields that the evaluation system , which the governor has described as evolving, needs to become more valid.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:31:24 +0000 Brian Shields 41868 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer - executive director, the New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-executive-director-new-york-state-school-boards-association <p>School budget votes will be held across New York next Tuesday, and this will be the first year that districts must comply with the state&rsquo;s new two percent property tax cap. Most of the school budgets to be decided next week are within the cap, but school officials say it will come at a cost. WAMC&rsquo;s Brian Shields spoke with Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 38606 at http://wamc.org Midday Magazine - Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/midday-magazine-tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association <p>As some education advocates praise the additional school funding announced as part of the New York State budget agreement, schools must now work through their own budgets, while, for the first time, considering the state&rsquo;s 2 percent property tax cap.</p><p>WAMC&rsquo;s Patrick Donges spoke to Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the fiscal future of New York&rsquo;s schools in the wake of yesterday&rsquo;s budget agreement.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Patrick Donges 35635 at http://wamc.org