- PUBLIC AFFAIRS
|2021 Legislative Priorities|
Building Aid Exception for Small Projects (A.4122 Thiele / S.3460 Gaughran) -This bill would increase the threshold from $100,000 to $250,000 for school construction projects that are aided in full each year, and not required to be aided using the state's assumed amortization schedules. Schools are allowed one such project each year.
Use of Prior Year Adjustments (PYA) to Offset Overpayments (A.1807 Jean-Pierre / S.1966 Brooks) - This bill would allow PYAs to be used by school districts to offset any overpayments made by SED as well as extend timeline to ten years to pay back overpayments.
Extraordinary Needs Reserve Fund (A.3512 Abinanti) - This legislation would allow school districts to establish reserve funds for the unanticipated costs associated when a high-need student moves into a district mid-year.
Shared Transportation Incentive (S.2235 Brooks) - This legislation would provide an incentive for school districts to share and reduce costs for transportation of students attending educational program out of the district by reducing the state aid deduction for revenues received for this type of shared service.
Internal Audit Function (S.1369 Brooks) - This bill would allow school districts to conduct a risk assessment of district operations every other year, instead of annually, while maintaining in depth reviews of specific areas annually.
Chief Financial Officer Defined (A.885 Paulin / S.1771 Skoufis) - This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official.
Small City School District Debt Limit - We support legislation which would treat small city school districts the same as other districts by factoring in their building aid to determine their debt limit for capital projects.
SBO Representation on TRS Board (A.5008 Paulin) - This legislation would add a school business official to the Teachers Retirement System Board (TRS) that oversees the pension fund for a majority of school employees. Currently teachers, superintendents and school board members are represented on the TRS Board.
BOCES Workers Compensation Reserve (S.1964 Brooks) - This would extend the right to establish workers compensation reserve funds to BOCES.
Small Group Employer Health Insurance (A.6254A Woerner / S.5581 Breslin) – This bill would allow school districts with between 51-100 employees to remain in their health insurance consortia in order maintain affordability for both employees and taxpayers in these small districts.