Friday, May 4, 2018

Next week's school budget vote

In a letter to residents posted on the School District website, Superintendent Hank Stopinski writes the following about next week's budget vote:

The school board is presenting an expenditure budget of $25,593,606 which represents a 5% increase in spending compared to 2017-2018. The budget proposes a 2.2% increase in the tax levy. This is the third consecutive year in which the proposed increase is below the allowable levy increase (under the New York tax cap).

The proposed budget includes the inclusion of a full-time Superintendent of Schools, the increase of a .5 FTE music teacher to a 1.0 FTE and the inclusion of a 1.0 FTE Agricultural Education Teacher. In addition, we are proposing to fund several improvements to our athletic program, curriculum and general facilities needs.

As part of our 2018-2019 budget, the District is planning a small Capital Outlay project of $100,000 as permitted by New York State. The process is simplified and is included in the proposed general fund budget. The current proposal is to improve the facilities and grounds at the elementary school.