Hartford wants fiscal equality

T he Hartford Board of Education wants fiscal equality.

At a meeting last Monday, the board unanimously approved a resolution calling for fiscal equality for Hartford and all districts.

“The Hartford Central School District Board of Education has been forced to make reductions in essential components of the annual school budget, including staffing and student programming, as rising expenditures surpass revenues; and whereas, the reductions in staffing and programs were done through the need to create a balanced budget despite the imbalance between expenditures and revenues,” part of the resolution read.

It then called upon immediate action from New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to reform the state aid distribution system, eliminate the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) and ensure there are no additional unfunded or underfunded mandates.

The meeting opened with an executive session regarding ongoing litigation relating to confidential student information, which officials were not allowed to discuss.

In other news, the board

-Appointed Sean Farley to the vacant position of modified girls basketball coach and Duane Flower to the position of volunteer assistant coach for the same team.

-Agreed to appoint Lori Fleming to the position of cheerleading advisor per an agreement at the October meeting to reinstate the cheerleading program as long as it is self-sustaining.

-Increased adult meal prices based on New York State Education Department requirements to $2 plus tax for breakfast and $3.33 plus tax for lunch.

-Accepted the retirement of Constance Knights, who has served the district as a bus driver for 23 years.

-Approved three leaves of absence: those of Sarah Bean, Natalie Giblin and Rita Swezey.

The next regular board of education meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the school library.

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