Schools benefit more than just their students and staff: Good schools make good
communities. Significant challenges continue to confront our region. All members of the community are
encouraged to be involved in the budget development process.
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Budget development objective:
“To sustain the fiscal capacity of the school district in
order to adequately provide for the programs and services for our
students, not only for next year, but for years well into the
Two seats will be open on Board of Education
On May 16, residents will vote to fill two seats on
the Schoharie Central School District Board of Education for terms
running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.
Tentative 2017-18 Budget presented at Board meeting
The Schoharie Board of Education reviewed a
presentation of a Tentative Budget for the 2017-18 school year at their
March 16 meeting. The
The $23,526,929 budget would include a 2.80%
increase above the current school year's budget, mostly to cover the
increased cost of salaries and health coverage.
Preliminary estimates project an overall state aid
increase of $26,464 over 2016-17, based on the Governor's Foundation Aid
proposals and calculations for expense-driven Building Aid,
Transportation Aid and BOCES Aid. The district's tax levy limit (tax
cap) would be -0.19%, or decrease of $15,504, due to a $205,936 rise in
Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) in the budget.
The Tentative Budget is out of balance by $308,147,
which means budget reductions and/or additional allocation from the
district's available fund balance would be necessary if additional state
aid is not be provided by the Legislature and Governor.
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School Budget 101: Balancing the Budget
School boards must develop a balanced school budget
proposal for district residents to vote on each May, but what goes into
that task? What are a school district's expenses? Where does the money
come from? What is fund balance?
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Community members share thoughts at forum
Local residents including parents, current high
school students, staff and alumni shared their ideas and feedback with
the Schoharie Board of Education at the 2017 Community Budget Forum the
evening of Feb. 27.
Superintendent David Blanchard and Assistant Superintendent for
Business Bob Bonaker spoke about both the development of a budget
for the 2017-18 school year and the proposed capital renovation project.
Participants then broke into groups for facilitated discussions.
Preliminary budget discussed at Feb. 16 board meeting
The Schoharie Board of Education reviewed a presentation of the
Preliminary Budget for the 2017-18 School Year at their Feb. 16 meeting.
The budget is a big-picture overview of the budget needed to deliver
existing education programs and services at next year's estimated costs
and projected state aid.
The budget would include a 2.99% increase above the current school
year's budget, mostly to cover the increased cost of salaries and health
coverage, and contains a gap of -$344,385. Budget
reductions and additional allocation of available fund balance in that
amount would be necessary to balance the budget if additional state aid
is not provided by the Legislature and Governor.
The bottom line would have been further impacted, and the gap greater,
had two additional requested teacher positions been included.
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Budget Development Calendar
While certain times of the year see increased
budget-related activity, developing a budget that meets the needs of our
students and school while also reflecting local residents' input is a
yearlong process. As such, the community is welcome and encouraged to
participate in this process. The Budget Development Calendar for the 2017-18
school year budget, which lists the various steps in the process, can be
Absentee ballots are available
The 2017-18 school year budget vote will be held at all of the
state's school districts on May 16, 2017.
Absentee ballots are available for those people who are not able to
make it to the lobby of the Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School library
lobby to vote on the budget (polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
To request an absentee ballot, email District Clerk Debra Cardella at
firstname.lastname@example.org To download a PDF of the
application for an absentee ballot,
Information on the current school year's budget
Schoharie Central School District residents approved a $22,887,057
budget for the 2016-17 school year by a percentage of approval of 73.7
Voters also approved the purchase of two 65-passenger buses and two
2016-17 budget page for more information and archived articles.