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District News: 2017-18 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.”

All are encouraged to attend Feb. 27 Community Budget Forum

All are welcome and encouraged to take part in Schoharie Central School District's Community Budget Forum on Monday, Feb. 27, from 7-9 p.m. in the Elementary cafeteria. For planning purposes, those interested in attending should RSVP to Debi Cardella at

Superintendent David Blanchard and Assistant Superintendent for Business Bob Bonaker will talk about the development of a budget for the 2017-18 school year. They will address factors affecting district finances, such as projected state aid, the tax levy limit, revenues and costs.

Forum participants will then break into small groups to share their ideas and thoughts through a facilitated discussion. Past forums have provided district with much valuable information and community feedback.

Forum presentation by Superintendent Blanchard, Assistant Superintendent for Business Bonaker

Superintendent Blanchard talks with community members
at last year's budget forum.

2017-18 school year budget: information and resources

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 increase cost of salaries and health coverage. With a projected state aid increase of 0.29% and a tax levy limit of .4%, the preliminary budget 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.


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 DOWNLOADED HERE.

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 To download a PDF of the application for an absentee ballot, click here.

Forum participants

 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 percent. Voters also approved the purchase of two 65-passenger buses and two 34-passenger vans. Visit the 2016-17 budget page for more information and archived articles.








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