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
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
reserve fund and undertake a capital project to renovate and reconstruct
the high school and renovate the elementary school.
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.
Residents to vote on bus purchase proposition
A proposition on the May 16 ballot will ask voters
to consider authorizing the purchase of four replacement school
buses—two 66-passenger buses, one
30-passenger bus and a minivan—at an overall cost not to exceed
If the proposition is approved, the district would
73.2 percent of the purchase price in state aid over a five-year period
to reduce the cost of borrowing.
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
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.
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
email@example.com 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.