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.
Be sure to bookmark and watch this page for frequent updates.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org To download a PDF of the
application for an absentee ballot,
Past budget development articles
2016-17 budget newsletter
The proposed 2016-17 budget newsletter (PDF) may be downloaded
Residents to vote on proposed 2016-17 budget on
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
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
A detailed presentation (PDF) on the proposed budget may be downloaded
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.
Residents to consider bus purchase, public library propositions on May
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.
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
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.
Community members share ideas at Budget Forum
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
The board and district leaders thank all who participated in the forum
and encourage all in the community to become involved in the budget
DOWNLOAD FORUM PRESENTATION
DOWNLOAD FORUM DISCUSSION MATERIALS
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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