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
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
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.
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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.