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District News: 2016-17 School Budget

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 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 future.”

Residents approve 2016-17 budget, bus and library propositions, re-elect 3 to Board of Education

Schoharie Central School District residents approved a $22,887,057 budget for the 2016-17 school year by a vote of 333 to 119, a percentage of approval of 73.7 percent. The 2016-17 budget is an increase of 2.26 percent over the current school year’s budge and  increases the tax levy 0.19 percent, which is less than two-tenths of one percent and equal to the district’s levy limit (“cap”).

Voters also approved the purchase of two 65-passenger buses and two 34-passenger vans, at a net cost including trade-ins not to exceed $290,000, by a vote of 339 to 114.

Dan Guasp, Marion Jaqueway and Terry Burton were re-elected to the Schoharie Central School District Board of Education for three-year terms beginning July 1.

Residents approved an increase the annual tax levy for the Schoharie Free Library Association from $60,000 to $66,000 by a vote of 340 to 110. Taxes levied for the Schoharie Free Library go directly to the library to fund services provided to district residents.

Absentee ballots are available

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 dcardella@schoharie.k12.ny.us To download a PDF of the application for an absentee ballot, click here.

Past budget development articles

2016-17 budget newsletter

The proposed 2016-17 budget newsletter (PDF) may be downloaded HERE.

Residents to vote on proposed 2016-17 budget on May 17

District residents will vote on a proposed $22,887,057 budget for the 2016-17 school year on May 17. The proposed budget is an increase of 2.26 percent over the current school year’s budget. It would increase the tax levy 0.19 percent, which is less than two-tenths of one percent and equal to the district’s levy limit (“cap”).

The proposed budget includes a state aid increase of $414,714 (3.92 percent) over the current fiscal year, including restoration of $360,848 in aid previously slated to be withheld by the state under the now-ended Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

The proposed 2016-17 budget newsletter (PDF) may be downloaded HERE.

A detailed presentation (PDF) on the proposed budget may be downloaded HERE.

The proposed budget was presented by the Schoharie Central School District Board of Education at their May 10 meeting and public budget hearing. The board thanks all who attended the meeting and who participated in the budget development process.

Three seek re-election to board of education

On May 17, residents will vote to fill three seats on the Schoharie Central School District Board of Education for terms running from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. The seats are currently held by Dan Guasp, Marion Jaqueway and Terry Burton, whose terms expire June 30, 2016 and who are running for re-election. READ MORE

Residents to consider bus purchase, public library propositions on May 17

In addition to voting on the proposed 2016-17 school year budget on May 17, district residents will consider propositions to allow the district to purchase four replacement school buses and to change the annual tax levy for the Schoharie Free Library. READ MORE

Board adopts proposed 2016-17 budget at April 19 meeting

At their April 19 meeting, the Schoharie Central School District Board of Education adopted a proposed $22,887,057 budget for the 2016-17 school year that will be considered by district residents on May 17. The board adopted the proposed budget after receiving feedback from district residents and staff at the February community budget forum and during monthly board meetings. DOWNLOAD PROPOSED BUDGET PRESENTATION (PDF).

Board discusses tentative budget on April 5

The Schoharie Central School District Board of Education discussed a Revised Tentative Budget for the 2016-17 school year at their April 5 meeting. The Revised Tentative Budget would be a 2.62 percent increase over the voter-approved 2015-16 budget, with approximately 92 percent of the increase to cover employee salaries and benefits and a tax levy change at the district's limit. READ MORE

Community members share ideas at Budget Forum

Forum presentation by Superintendent Blanchard, Assistant Superintendent for Business Bonaker

Nearly 30 local residents shared their views and ideas with district leaders at the Feb. 25 Community Budget Forum, including members of the Board of Education, Superintendent David Blanchard and Assistant Superintendent for Business Robert Bonaker.

Forum participants first listened to a presentation by Superintendent Blanchard and Assistant Superintendent Bonaker about the Preliminary Budget for the 2016-17 school year. They then engaged in small-group discussions, facilitated by Capital Region BOCES communications team members, about SCS strengths, budgetary pressures, their values and ideas.

The board and district leaders thank all who participated in the forum and encourage all in the community to become involved in the budget development process. DOWNLOAD FORUM PRESENTATION   DOWNLOAD FORUM DISCUSSION MATERIALS )

Forum participants

Preliminary Budget for 2016-17 discussed at Feb. 11 Board meeting

The SCS Board of Education discussed at the Feb. 11 meeting a Preliminary Budget for the 2016-17 school year, with a goal of funding existing education programs and support services while remaining fiscally responsible and responsive. The $23,108,476 Preliminary Budget would represent a 3.25 percent increase over the voter-approved 2015-16 budget, with 93 percent of the increase to cover employee salaries and benefits. READ MORE

Financial Position Update and Factors Impacting Future Budgets

At the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Business Robert Bonaker presented the "Financial Position Update and Factors Impacting Future Budgets" to explain the financial position of Schoharie Central School District as of the start of this 2015-16 school year.

The presentation discusses the fund balance, trends of budgets, state aid and tax levies as well as factors that may impact the development of the 2016-17 budget and ensuing school years. READ MORE

2016-17 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 welcomed and encouraged to participate in this process. The Budget Development Calendar for the 2016-17 school year budget, which lists the various steps in the process, can be DOWNLOADED HERE (PDF).

Governor outlines his school aid proposal, education agenda

On Jan. 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his education funding proposal and agenda as part of his combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. READ MORE

Information about the current (2015-16) school year budget

On May 19, 2015, Schoharie Central School District voters approved a proposed $22,382,061 budget for 2015-16 and a bus purchase proposition and elected two to the Board of Education. READ MORE ON THE 2015-16 BUDGET PAGE and BUDGET NEWSLETTER.

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