Bill S1509-2013

Caps school district administrative costs at three percent of such school district's total budget

Caps school district administrative costs at three percent of such school district's total budget.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1509

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to capping the level of expenditures by school districts for central administration

PURPOSE: This legislation would cap school district administrative costs at three percent of such school district's total budget.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 2 of the New York State Education Law by adding a new subdivision 25 and adds a new section 1510-a to cap school district administrative costs at three percent of such school district's total budget.

Central administration services will not include teacher salaries, transportation services or capitol costs.

JUSTIFICATION: As the economy continues to struggle, school districts must create sound fiscal plans that insure that the students receive the best possible classroom experience. Students and teachers need resources that will allow them to prepare for the future. To find savings by cutting the in-classroom spending while maintaining the bloated administrative bureaucracy is a mistake. A mistake school districts can no longer afford to make.

Too much of our school budgets are going to the administrative side of the equation. A look at any school staff listing will reveal a myriad of titles and positions that do not directly impact the kids. This legislation will require our schools to limit their spending on administrative costs to 3% of their total budget. This legislation will guarantee the resources provided to school districts will be spent where they are needed the most, in the classroom

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6152 of 2012.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1509 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to capping the level of expenditures by school districts for central administration THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 25 to read as follow: 25. CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES. THE TERM "CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES" MEANS ALL CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY A COMMON, UNION FREE, CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO EXPENDITURES, SALARIES AND OTHER- WISE, FOR THE CHIEF SCHOOL OFFICER, THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, THE BUSINESS OFFICE, THE PURCHASING OFFICE, THE PERSONNEL OFFICE, THE RECORDS MANAGE- MENT OFFICE, PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SERVICES, FEES FOR FISCAL AGENTS, THE DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE, THE DISTRICT MEETING, AUDITING SERVICES, THE TREASURER'S OFFICE, THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE, LEGAL SERVICES, THE SCHOOL CENSUS, THE SUPPORT STAFF AND CLERICAL STAFF FOR SUCH SERVICES, OFFICERS AND OFFICES AND INDIRECT COSTS AND OTHER UNCLASSIFIED EXPENDI- TURES. "CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES" SHALL NOT INCLUDE TEACHER SALA- RIES, TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OR CAPITAL COSTS. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1510-a to read as follows: S 1510-A. CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES. NO COMMON, UNION FREE, CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL, IN ANY FISCAL YEAR, EXPEND MORE THAN THREE PERCENT OF ITS TOTAL BUDGET FOR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICES, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWENTY-FIVE OF SECTION TWO OF THIS CHAPTER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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