Budget news

Forum date is set – please join us

All district residents are encouraged to participate in the budget development process, including discussions at Board of Education meetings and the annual Community Budget Forum, which will be held March 6, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. To help SCS plan accordingly, please RSVP for the forum to dcardella@schoharieschools.org.

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 school year’s budget

Residents approve 2018-19 budget and two propositions

  • Total budget: $23,822,954
  • Vote results: Approved 251-133 or 65.4% approval


  • Bus vote totaling $270,000: Approved 276-108
  • 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:

Superintendent and Business Administrator review Budget Planning Handbook and process and meet with administrators

Superintendent and Business Administrator review Enrollment Projections with administrators for allocations for instructional materials

Administrators submit Program Goals, Instructional Administrator to Superintendent


  • Administrators and department supervisors submit Support Staff Personnel requests, with rationale to Business Administrator
  • Director of Facilities and Transportation Director submit Staffing, Supplies, Equipment and other Expenses for Operations & Maintenance to Business Administrator
  • Administrators submit Special Maintenance needs submitted to Business Administrator (Routine summer projects, with no budget impact, can be identified until mid-April.)
  • Administrators submit Instructional Staffing requests, with rationale, to Superintendent
  • Administrators submit Instructional Equipment requests to Business Administrator


  • Administrators submit Supplies, Conferences, and Other Expenses to Business Administrator
  • Superintendent and Business Administrator analyze revenue projections and budget requests to assemble Preliminary Budget
  • Superintendent and Business Administrator have internal meetings with administrators to review requests and make modifications
  • Superintendent and Business Administrator present Rollover Budget Scenario to Board of Education

Superintendent and Business Administrator present Preliminary Budget to Board of Education Business Admin.


  • March 6, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Community Budget Forum, Elementary Cafeteria
  • Superintendent and Business Administrator review Budget during Board work sessions, present Tentative Budget


  • Board of Education adopts Proposed Budget to be considered by voters in May
  • Budget Newsletter written and printed for mailing in May


  • Public Hearing on Proposed Budget at Board of Education meeting
  • Budget Newsletter/Budget Notice distributed to voter households
  • May 21, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Budget Vote and Board of Education member election

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.