Maine-Endwell Central School District

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Jason R. Van Fossen
712 Farm to Market Road
Endwell, NY 13760
(607) 754-1400

Dear Maine-Endwell School Community:

The Maine-Endwell Central School District is experiencing a potential return to structural deficits for the 2018-2019 school year and has begun the process of identifying strategies for addressing this issue. We are sharing this information with our community early in our budget development process in the spirit of transparency and to give our school community opportunities to listen and participate in budget discussions.

The District faced significant structural deficits in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 which resulted in significant reductions to expenditures, including staffing. During those years, the District utilized nearly all its fund balance and reserves. A deficit is when expenditures are greater than revenues.  

A structural deficit occurs when there is a continual imbalance between revenues and expenditures, such as the use of fund balance or reserves over multiple years.  For the current budget year (2017-2018), the District applied $552,000 in reserves and $470,000 in fund balance to ‘balance the budget’. This model is not sustainable.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the District has built fund balance and reserves back to healthy levels, and has made sizeable investments in staffing in all four buildings leading to lower class sizes and additional student programs and course offerings.

Currently, the major driver of the projected deficit is employee health insurance. The District has faced three years of significant increases to employee health insurance. Health insurance increased $1.4 and $1.1 million the past two years respectively, and is expected to increase approximately $900,000 next year. This expenditure, coupled with contractual salary increases, pension costs, and payroll taxes (e.g. social security, unemployment), will create the need for the District to take appropriate action to ensure fund balance and reserves are not diminished to unhealthy levels or completely eliminated altogether.  

Decisions will be made for the 2018-2019 budget to eliminate the potential of a return to structural deficits.   Unfortunately, multiple factors will make this challenging including (a) less expected state aid, (b) tax levy increases expected below 2%  , and (c) the continued need to negotiate structural changes to the funding of health insurance for our employees. Actions may include reductions to expenditures in all areas, including staffing, and not funding reserve accounts (savings).

The District encourages community members and parents to attend our scheduled budget workshop sessions beginning in January (more information found on our website). Additionally, I encourage anyone with questions to call, email, or schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4PM. I can be reached at 754-1400 x 2311 or via email at

Very Sincerely,
Jason R. Van Fossen 

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