The public hearing on the 2020-21 proposed budget was Thursday, May 28 via Webex.
The vote on the 2020-21 proposed budget is on Tuesday, June 9. All voting will be conducted by absentee ballots. All registered voters will be mailed a ballot on June 3. Please see this page for more information on the absentee ballot process.
SCSD 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 future.
Information on the current (2019-20) school budget
- Total budget: $24,520,229
- Vote results: Approved 308-108 or 74% approval
- Proposition: Purchase of two buses, two vans and an SUV: Approved 327-89
- Budget Statement, proposed 2020-21
- 2020-21 Proposed Budget Presentation
- Latest budget news article.
- Budget public hearing information.
- The budget vote is being held by absentee ballot only this year per the governor’s executive order. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters and must be received by the district by 5 p.m. on June 9 to be counted. They may be mailed back or returned in person.
Budget Development Calendar
While certain times of the year see increased budget-related activity, developing a budget that both meets the needs of our students and reflects local residents’ input is a yearlong process. As such, the community is welcome and encouraged to participate in this process. The Budget Development Calendar lists the various steps in the process, as well as key dates.
The school budget vote for the 2020-21 fiscal year and Board of Education election has been postponed until June 9 due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualifications to register to vote with Schoharie CSD are as follows:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are a resident of the district for at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote date
- You are not a convicted felon
- You are not in jail or on parole for a felony conviction
- You are not adjudged by a court to be mentally incompetent
Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.
Public disclosure of absentee voters
Any person who wishes to examine the list of absentee voters to whom ballots have been issued may request access to such list by e-mailing the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. The District Clerk will provide such access by emailing such list to the voter. If a qualified voter wishes to file a written challenge of the qualifications of any voter on this list, such challenge must be e-mailed to the District Clerk at email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Such e-mail must contain the reasons for such challenge. No written challenges received after 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 will be considered.