Transparency Report

  • Education Law §3614—which was passed by the Legislature and became law as Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018—requires school districts to “annually submit to the commissioner [of the State Education Department] and the director of the budget … a detailed statement of the total funding allocation for each school in the district for the upcoming school budget year” in a “form developed by the director of the budget, in consultation with the commissioner [of the State Education Department].” The New York State School Funding Transparency Form is the outcome of this process.

    Based on existing financial information that school districts already report to the State Education Department on a district-wide basis, the form seeks to capture school districts’ methodologies and/or rationales for school-level funding determinations, including funding from State, local, and federal sources. In addition, the form surveys school districts’ projected centralized district costs, school-level student and staff information, school-level allocations for various programs, and—if applicable—school-level allocations under any locally implemented funding formula.

2020–21 Geneva CSD School Transparency Report Part F

  • Education Law §3614 School Funding Allocation Report

    Part F — Narrative Description 

    1. Describe the local methodology/approach used to allocate funds to each school in the district during the process of budget development and implementation.
    2. Please also describe the role(s) of all relevant stakeholders in such budgetary processes and decision-making.
    3. Finally, if schools are allocated a significant portion of their funds—either in part or in full—through a formula, outline the nature/mechanics of the formula and the elements impacting each school’s allocation.

    Specifically, the Division of Budget and the State Education Department would consider a complete response to this question to include explicit answers to the questions included in the rubric below, including a substantive discussion on the translation of students needs into the district's budget (at least 1 sentence per question, when applicable).

    1. Budget Development Process
      1. Who leads the budget process?
        The budget process is led by the superintendent.
      2. How are the needs of the students translated into a budget?
        District priorities, assessment data and other data are used to align resources to the needs of students.
      3. When does the budget development process begin and how long does it last?

        The Geneva CSD follows the Questar Budget Development process for our general fund budget. Beginning in November of each year, meetings are held to determine what data is needed for budget planning meetings with building and program leaders. The process for determining the overall budget amount of the general fund lasts until we receive the finalized legislative budget, or when the board has to approve the amount of the overall budget, depending on which happens first. The budget process for special aid funds mainly occurs over the summer months when we learn out funding levels and complete the process of submitting FS-10’s for approval.
    2. B. Collaboration with Stakeholders
      1. Which district employees are involved in the budget development process?
        In addition to the superintendent, the Director of Business and Finance, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services have direct input in the budget development process. Other stakeholders with input include:
        • Board of Education
        • Directors
        • Building administrators
        • Teachers
      2. What is the role of the school board (where applicable)?
        The role of the board of education is to set priorities and assign initiatives. The superintendent’s role is to ensure these priorities and initiatives are transferred into the budget process.
      3. Who represents the needs of individual buildings and/or school sites?
        The building principals and directors represent the needs of individual buildings and/or school sites.
    3. Budget Development Process
      1. Does the district use a formula to allocate funds to individual schools?
        In terms of programming, the District works as part of a community consortium, modeled after the “National Strive Together” initiative started by the former State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Since 2011, Geneva 2020 – now renamed Geneva 2030, a collective impact initiative, has worked to optimize the resources of the entire Geneva community—colleges/universities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals—to support the education of Geneva’s children from the “cradle to career.” The initiatives include:
        • Early childhood success
        • Literacy
        • Graduation Rate Improvement
        • College and Career Readiness
          The District has aligned resources to these initiatives and as a result, outcomes have improved. For example, the graduation rate increased from 70.7% in 2010 to 84.9 percent in 2019 and 90% in 2020. Consequently, budgetary decisions are consistently aligned with these initiatives. Additionally, to further support these, Geneva CSD has been very aggressive in identifying, applying for and securing grants and using the grant money to support major initiatives and priorities.

          Further, the Geneva City School District is made up of four schools. West Street School is our primary school housing Head Start, Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade. Next is our intermediate school, North Street School, which contains grades 2-5. Our Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) are connected on one campus. Grade levels are all together, meaning that no students in the same grade attend different schools. This was a decision made in 2008-09 and implemented in 2009-10 when we went from two elementary buildings (grades K-5) to a primary school and intermediate school configuration. This decision was made to better align initiatives, curriculum and resources across grade levels.
      2. If applicable, is there anything unique about certain schools which explain why per pupil spending at these locations may be significantly higher/lower than the district average?
        The Geneva CSD is a focus district with two of the four schools being categorized as focus schools (North Street School and Geneva Middle School). Of these three, Geneva Middle School needs to make the most improvement in student outcomes. Therefore, more resources have been focused on this building which explains why Geneva Middle School has the highest spending per pupil at $22,440.
      3. If applicable, describe any items which the district feels are anomalous in nature and require additional description.
        Not applicable