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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.”

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. READ MORE

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. DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION

Helpful information

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?

Download an informative flier and learn more.

Community members share thoughts at forum

2017 Community Budget 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. READ MORE

2017 Community Budget Forum

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.


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.

 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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