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.

2018 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. If schools are allocated 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.
      There is not a formula per say.  Buildings are funded based on the following priorities:  contractual and unfunded state mandates.  That being said, the Geneva CSD’s Vision Statement is to assist every student to become: self-directed, lifelong learners who enjoy the challenge of learning; are self-confident and goal-oriented; and demonstrate physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being.  With a 52% free lunch rate and a high level of English Language Learners, we have been innovative in maximizing funding to benefit our students and to improve outcomes.  One initiative is to focus on early childhood education.  In order to do this, the district needed more space in their primary level building, so a wing was added to our existing third – fifth grade intermediate school to make room for second grade to move to the intermediate building.  This move happened at the onset of the Fall 2018 school year.  Additionally, Geneva CSD operates its own Head Start program which is unusual for a public school district, but is evidence of our commitment to early childhood education.  The Head Start program is located in our primary level building allowing our Head Start to be aligned with the other primary grades (PreK, Kindergarten and first grade).  To support our Spanish speaking English Language Learners and to support our Global Language initiative for all students, Geneva CSD started a Spanish dual-language program six years ago in Kindergarten where bi-lingual teachers teach in both Spanish and English.  Now in its fifth year, we offer dual-language classrooms in Kindergarten through fifth grade with plans to add one grade level each year.  There has also been a focus on family engagement and social and emotional health. 
      Some of our other program highlights include:
      • Fifteen Advanced Placement subject areas are available.
      • Twelve Gemini courses offer the opportunity for course credit from Finger Lakes Community College.
      • Our schools have over 35 clubs and extracurriculars, and 12 boys’ and 13 girls’ athletic teams in Section V interscholastic athletic competition.
      • Strong community partnerships, including Geneva 2020, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Finger Lakes Community College, the University of Rochester, Finger Lakes Health, the Geneva Community Center and many more.
      • Project Lead the Way with Finger Lakes Health, Viticulture with Finger Lakes Community College, Mandarin Chinese with the Confucius Institute at Alfred University and courses at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

        These initiative have been accomplished through aggressively seeking additional funding through grants and making connections for partnerships with our community.
    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?
      Not applicable
    3. If applicable, describe any items which the district feels are anomalous in nature and require additional description beyond the Excel entry.
      Not applicable