Marlboro schools facing $6.8 million deficit
On Jan. 15 Marlboro School Superintendent Ray Castellani and Patrick Witherow, director of Business and Finance, met with Town Supervisor Stephen Osborn and John Demarco to discuss assessment inequalities between Newburgh and Marlboro. Before the meeting ended it was pointed out that the school district may be facing a $6.8 million deficit, rather than the $5 million figure that was released several weeks ago.
At the school board meeting of Jan. 16, Witherow presented projections on the financial operations of the district for the 2013-14 school year. He broke down the district’s current $50.6 million budget into Administrative, Program and Capital categories, and provided lists of estimated expenditures and surpluses. He provided actual dollar cost comparisons of Marlboro with other area school districts and also translated the amounts into percentage comparisons. Out of seven area school districts, Marlboro’s budget ranked 6th, with Highland the lowest at $38,542,337 and Wallkill the highest at $67,287,056.
At the Jan. 16 board meeting, the revised projected deficit of $6.8 million in next year’s budget was not disclosed. In a subsequent interview Witherow gave assurances that at the Feb. 6 school board meeting a “full rollout” of the new estimates and calculations will be presented.
Witherow said figures and estimates cross his desk on a daily basis, which he then reviews and adds into the 2014-15 budgetary mix. He said there is no attempt to mislead the public, as the administration is striving to present verifiable numbers in order to prevent rumors and inaccuracies from circulating. He said after all calculations and state aid figures are compiled, the actual final deficit figure could be higher or lower than the present $6.8 million estimate.
Superintendent Castellani did not return two calls for comment for this article.
By MARK REYNOLDS