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2021-22 Budget Approved by Voters
Residents of Schoharie CSD approved a $25.5 million budget for the 2021-22 school year on Tuesday, May 18 by vote of 296 to 84
The budget, which will guide the district’s finances when the next fiscal year begins July 1, 2021, includes a 1.99 percent decrease in the tax levy.
“Thank you to all who voted tonight. The budget aligns with the Board’s objective to ‘Sustain the fiscal capacity of the school district to equitably provide for the programs and services for students, not only for next year, but for years well into the future,’” said Superintendent David Blanchard.
The budget has 2.92 percent more in overall appropriations from the current year. Because of the way the tax levy limit is calculated regarding exclusions for building aid, there is an overall decrease in the levy, which meets the state’s limit for the district.
Major cost changes from the current fiscal year are projected to be $117,969 in employee and retiree health insurance and prescriptions, and $459,133 in contractual salary increases. There is also a $100,000 capital outlay funding request intended to help with facilities improvements. Funding is included for enhanced summer programming to help students academically after pandemic-related disruptions. Decreases are made in the area of instructional supplies and equipment. The budget is balanced by increases in state aid.
District voters also elected two new members to the Board of Education for three-year, unpaid terms. Candidates included Lynda Lewandowski and Lance Hellstrom. They ran unopposed.
A proposition to purchase four school buses to replace aging buses at an estimated cost of $332,000 also passed by a vote of 283 to 98. Funds for this purchase will come from reserves and have no impact on the tax levy. A proposition to establish a Capital Reserve Fund was passed by a vote of 285 to 94. It will have a limit of $2.5 million over a five-year term and be supported solely through fund balance surplus each fiscal year. Its purpose would be to finance renovations of the district’s facilities, as well as purchase furnishings, equipment and machinery as needed. This also would have no impact on the tax levy.
The Schoharie Free Library Association also sought $10,000 more than the current levy for public library support. This levy is separate from the school district’s budget and was approved by a vote of 295 to 87.
2021-22 Budget Development Information
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 2020-21 school budget
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.
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.
Absentee Ballot Information
Eligible district residents who are unable to go to the polls on voting day can cast their votes by absentee ballot. For an application, call the Schoharie Central School District office at (518) 295-6679 or visit the office at 136 Academy Drive in Schoharie. Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally. All completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on voting day.
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.