Board of Education adopts proposed 2017-18 budget
The Schoharie Central School District Board of
Education adopted a
proposed $23,415,819 budget for the 2017-18 school year at their April
11 meeting. The proposed budget will be voted upon by district residents
on May 16.
The proposed budget calls for an increase of 2.31
percent ($528,762) over the current school year’s budget and contains a
tax levy decrease of $15,504 (0.19 percent), which conforms to the
district's tax levy limit (cap). This means approval of the budget
requires a simple majority vote of 50 percent plus one.
The budget would continue to fund improved curricula
in English language arts, reading and math for grades K-6. Funding would
also be provided for a specialized reading intervention program for
students in grades 4-8.
The proposed budget reflects a state aid increase of
$251,771 (2.29 percent) over the current fiscal year. The amount
allocated from available fund balance would be $1,578,499, which is the
same as for 2016-17.
Adjustments in employee salaries and benefits per
negotiated agreements account for most of the increase over the current
year's budget. The proposed budget would also cover changes in
day-to-day costs of operating school buildings and providing
transportation and special education services.
School tax rates, which determine the amount of
money property owners pay per $1,000 of assessed value, will be set in
August after the district receives town property assessments and state
Elections and propositions
In addition to voting on the proposed budget on May
16, district residents will elect candidates to fill two open seats on
the Board of Education and will consider propositions to authorize the
district to purchase four replacement school buses, establish a capital
reserve fund and undertake a capital project to renovate and reconstruct
the high school and renovate the elementary school.