State legislators adopt 2019-20 budget

Approved state budget increases education funding by $1 billion, enacts permanent property tax levy limit New York lawmakers have approved a state budget for 2019-20 that increases education funding by just over $1 billion and makes permanent the state’s property tax levy limit law, or tax cap. The newly approved $175 billion state budget calls …

Board of Education adopts $56.95 million budget; still hopes to bring tax increase down

The Board of Education on Monday night unanimously (7-0) approved a $56.95 million spending plan for the 2019-20 school year. The budget is a $966,044 or 1.73 percent spending increase over this school year’s $55.99 million budget. As adopted, the budget would increase the tax levy by 2.91 percent. That is slightly below the state’s …

Budget update: spending plan will include elementary mental health and guidance services

Superintendent Susan Swartz on Monday presented a revised draft of the budget to the Board of Education that doesn’t change the bottom line but adds two new programs: mental health services and guidance services for elementary students. The first expands the program added this year to provide mental health services to high school and middle …

BOE members discuss their hopes for 2019-20 budget; support adding elementary mental health services

Board of Education members began their work session on Monday discussing their hopes (if money were no object) and the parts of the budget that should definitely stay in place. With little debate, the board members determined that beginning a mental health program for elementary students, to compliment the one in place for high school …

Carry forward budget for 2019-20 presented by superintendent; situation looks better than past years

A year ago, in presenting the carry forward budget for the current 2018-19 school year, Superintendent Susan Swartz noted that the gap between expected costs and revenue was $1.3 million. That kind of gap has become common at many school districts in these years of state property tax caps and limited state aid increases. The …

2018 budget exit survey results available

A total of 321 community members completed the exit survey at the community budget vote on May 15. Check out the results of the survey: Exit Poll Highlights: May 15, 2018 The budget exit surveys were distributed by high school Participation in Government students in Matt Kirwan’s class during the vote day. They were tabulated …

Thank You, Scotia-Glenville!

The Scotia-Glenville community today approved the: $55.989 million 2018-19 budget: 1,480 YES votes and 493 NO votes (75% to 25%). Spending increase of 4.84 percent and projected tax increase of 3.36 percent. That translates to an estimated $119.23 per year of $9.94 per month tax increase for a home assessed at $160,000. $14 million capital …

Board of Education adopts 2018-19 school budget

The Board of Education has adopted a $55.98 million budget for the 2018-19 school year that closes a $1.3 million budget gap and adds a high school mental health program. The proposal would raise the tax levy by 3.36 percent, slightly less than the state-provided tax levy cap of 3.46 percent. The budget would increase …

State approves budget, S-G to get an additional 1.9 percent

 Approved state budget increases education funding nearly $1 billion, adds reporting requirement for schools New York lawmakers have approved a state budget for 2018-19 that increases education funding by nearly $1 billion. The enacted state budget provides information about state aid levels to school districts as they finalize their own spending plans for the coming …

Superintendent outlines possible program reductions

Saying that she doesn’t want to propose cuts to programs, Superintendent Susan Swartz is also faced with the daunting task of filling a now $339,000 shortfall and balancing the 2018-19 budget. Developing the 2018-19 budget has become more complicated since the first budget draft was presented on February 12, a draft that included a $1.3 …

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