Budget news

Voters approve budget, propositions, elect 3 to Board of Education

Schoharie Central School District residents approved the proposed $24,520,229 budget for the 2019-20 school year by a vote of 308 to 108, which is a 74 percent approval.
Bus purchase proposition is approved
SCS residents also approved a proposition to allow the district to purchase two school buses, two vans and a Suburban SUV using the district’s transportation capital reserve fund by a vote of 327 to 89, which is a 78.6 percent approval.
Library tax levy proposition is approved
Voters also approved a proposition to levy taxes of $76,000 for the Schoharie Free Library by a vote of 317 to 100, which is a 76 percent approval. Taxes levied for the Schoharie Free Library go directly to the library to fund services provided to Schoharie Central School District residents. The library is a separate legal entity with its own funding and budget. The amount authorized for library services is listed as a separate line on tax bills.
Three elected to Board of Education
District residents re-elected Terry Burton and Daniel Guasp to the Board of Education and elected Tara Barton to her first term on the Board. All will serve for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019.
Budget details
The approved 2019-20 budget contains a spending increase of 2.93 percent ($697,275) over this school year’s budget, with adjustments to employee salaries and benefits per negotiated agreements accounting for most of the increase. The budget also includes a state aid increase of $586,836 (5.13 percent) over the current school year’s budget.
The budget will provide  additional funding for the district’s college and career readiness program, development of cultural awareness programs for students and staff, and professional development for teachers in the state’s learning standards. Additional funding will be provided for elementary supplies and advanced online data safety software.
The budget increases the tax levy by $200,605 (2.37 percent) and decreases reliance on the district’s fund balance. The 2.37 percent tax levy increase is below the district’s 3.68 percent maximum levy limit (“cap”), which means approval of the budget required a simple majority vote of 50 percent plus one vote.
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 equalization rates.
Budget documents
The business administrator’s Presentation of Proposed Budget 2019-20 from April 17, 2019.
2019-20 Proposed Budget Documents

If you need assistance with these documents or any items on this website, or if you would like a printed copy of the presentation, contact the district office at (518) 295-6679.

Community offers budget input

group of seated people listen to business administrator presenting at forum

More than a dozen local residents, students and staff offered their ideas and feedback on the developing 2019-20 budget at a Community Budget Forum held the evening of March 6 in the elementary cafeteria. Hosted by the Board of Education, the forum began with a welcome by Superintendent David Blanchard, followed by an overview of the tentative  2019-20 budget by Business Administrator Sarah Blood.

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 current (2018-19) school year budget

  • Total budget: $23,822,954
  • Vote results: Approved 251-133 or 65.4% approval
  • Proposition: Bus purchase totaling $270,000: Approved 276-108
  • Proposition: Capital reserve spending for capital project: Approved 269-114

Budget documents

2018-19 Budget Documents

For assistance accessing any of the documents on this website, contact the district office at (518) 295-6679 or email dcardella@schoharieschools.org

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.

Financial Reports

2018 Financial Audit Report
2018 Audit Correction Plan
Aug. 2018 Resolution to Designate Reserve Accounts
2018 Extraclassroom Activity Fund Report

For assistance accessing any of the documents on this website, contact the district office at (518) 295-6679 or email dcardella@schoharieschools.org.