Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie) has introduced legislation that would give local school districts more flexibility and help reduce administrative costs for school districts and boards of cooperative education services (BOCES) by allowing them to more readily share administrative services.
“As I’ve met with schools, parents, teachers and residents to discuss ways of ensuring the quality and affordability of our schools, one of the ideas that surfaced as an alternative to physical consolidation was to look at promoting shared or consolidated administrative services. By allowing schools and BOCES to consider sharing the services of superintendents, school business managers and other administrators, the cost to taxpayers can be reduced while allowing schools to develop better economies of scale and delivering the best education for our kids,” said the Assemblyman, who hosted a series of Education and Property Tax Reform Town Hall meetings throughout the district last year.
Assemblyman Lopez introduced the legislation as the result of these meetings and is working to organize regional committees to further examine specific legislative proposals in Albany as well as brainstorm on additional ideas for improving education and reducing the state’s excessive property tax burden. He said, “This legislation is an example of how we can find commonsense approaches which benefit children, taxpayers, and schools alike. When we work together and think outside of the box, we can come up with positive solutions.”
According to the Assemblyman, millions of dollars could be saved annually with enactment of this legislation. He said, “By allowing schools and BOCES to more effectively share or consolidate administrative services, operational costs can be slashed. Those savings could be used instead to support school operating expenses – or, importantly, be used to provide real property tax relief to farms, families and businesses in the given school district.”