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School Business Administrator
Phone:716-532-3325 ext. 6306
SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
10674 PROSPECT STREET
GOWANDA, NY 14070
OR E-MAIL TO: JWOODWARD@GOWCSD.ORG
OR FAX TO: (716) 995-2154
District Clerk Joelle ...
District Clerk Joelle Woodward gave Miller the oath of office.
Gowanda School District Clerk Joelle Woodward (left) swears in Sarah Miller (right) as student member of the Board of Education.
The veterans' exemption first started in ...
The veterans' exemption first started in 1984 but was not applicable to school districts until 2013, according to Business Administrator Joelle Woodward.
Business Administrator Joelle Woodward explains the veterans exemption during a recent public hearing.
A second public hearing was held to discuss a 50 percent reduction for the maximum exemption.
For those serving in active service, the exemption would be 7.5 percent with a maximum reduction of $6,000; those who served in a combat zone the exemption is 5 percent of the assessed value with a maximum reduction of $4,000; and those with a service connected disability would receive an exemption equal to the assessed value times 25 percent of disability rating with a maximum reduction of $20,000.
said if the district were to adopt the maximum exemption about $5.2 million would come off the taxable assessed value based on information given by the town assessors.
"Even though you may not have any school tax due you may very well have a school library tax due," Woodward
That is a tentative rate and ...
That is a tentative rate and will fluctuate based on what the actual assessed values are, taxable assessed values and what the equalization rates are," School Business Administrator Joelle Woodward said.
Gowanda Business Administrator Joelle Woodward explains the proposed budget at the budget hearing held recently.
said one unknown revenue source is Native American tuition reimbursement.
This year, the district is projecting over a $75,000 decrease after seeing the reimbursement increase over the past few school years.
"If for some reason we had a take back in state aid, even a mid-year take back, ... there is the possibility there will be a state aid take back or reduction in 2015-16 (school year).
All the indications that we've heard and read about moving forward is that state aid is supposed to continue to increase for 2015-16 and at some point ... state aid is supposed to be at the levels it should have been the last five years," Woodward
Resident Janet Vogtli asked about privatization of cafeteria services and bus services.
could not comment directly on the cafeteria program, but said the program is working toward being more self-sustaining.
"Our school lunch manager is very diligent about making sure that we're using our resources as efficiently as possible.
done a lot of work to streamline the work force and we have made reductions.
The losses we have been realizing over the last couple of years have been reduced significantly," Woodward
Vogtli also asked if there was an increase for non-contract employees proposed in the budget.
said there is a 3.75 percent increase proposed for those employees.
noted many in the private sector are not receiving raises.