On Monday, May 18, the members of the Board of Education adopted a $76,083,837 proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. The proposed budget, which carries a spending increase of 3.87%, will result in a tax levy increase of 3.52%, which is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation. A simple majority (50% + 1) is needed to pass the budget.
This year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis (as directed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo via an executive order issued Friday, May 1). Absentee ballots will be mailed by the district to all qualified voters. There is no in-person voting this year.
In addition to the proposed budget, residents will vote to authorize the purchase of eight school buses: four 66-passenger school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $111,250 each; three 30-passenger school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $55,333 each; and one wheelchair accessible bus, at a maximum estimated cost of $70,000; for an aggregate maximum cost of $680,999.
District residents will elect two members to the Board of Education for three-year terms to fill the seats of Board members Thomas Mullane and Allison Salte, whose terms expire at the end of the school year. The candidates who receive the most votes will be appointed to these positions. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2020 and will expire on June 30, 2023.
The candidates are (listed in alphabetical order):
- Thomas Mullane
- Juan Paneto
- Allison Salte
More information about the proposed budget will be mailed to district residents and posted to the district website.