BOE Approves BOCES Agreement

The Pawling Central School District (PCSD) Board of Education (BOE) convened on Monday, July 23, at Pawling Middle School. The agenda included the Board’s approval of a joint agreement with the Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) regarding a proposed capital project, as well as the announcement of a $14,000 grant that will be applied towards athletic programs in the district. The proposed agreement is shared among the thirteen Dutchess BOCES constituent districts and would allow for multiple financing options for each district if voters approve the proposed capital project during the public vote in December.

The $36.8 million bond proposal would enable Dutchess BOCES to consolidate all K–12 programs onto the Salt Point Campus in Poughkeepsie. At a previous meeting, the Board of Education heard a presentation from Dr. Sherre Wesley of BOCES, who cited rising rental costs, inadequate infrastructure of the current facilities, and security concerns as the primary reasons behind the desired move to consolidate all programs to the Salt Point Campus. Dutchess BOCES has approached all thirteen districts within the county, and the project will be put up for a public vote on December 11.

When calculating the PCSD’s share of this proposed inter-municipal agreement, officials use Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA) figures to determine the allocation. The Pawling Central School District currently has an RWADA of 1,272 or 3.02% of students within Dutchess County Component Schools. Pawling’s gross share of the total cost of the proposed project will be $1,111,360. The Board of Education approved the joint agreement unanimously.

In other business, officials approved a budget increase, which uses a $14,000 grant-in-aid secured for the PCSD by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. The funds will be used to bolster athletic programs across the district, and will be used to purchase supplies, equipment, and uniforms, and for the maintenance and development of student athletic programs.

The Board approved mergers between Pawling Schools and the Dover Union Free School District for the Ice Hockey, Boys Lacrosse, and Girls Varsity Lacrosse programs. As in previous years, Pawling will be the host district, with home games and practices to be held at Pawling facilities.

The next PCSD Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Pawling Middle School