May 8: open public hearing on proposed 2024-25 budget

A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for this upcoming Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria. Immediately following, the community has an opportunity to hear from the candidates running for the school board. There are three candidates running for two open seats on the Board of Education. They will be listed in this order on the ballot: David Massaro, Harold “Hal” Talbot, and Chad Roberts. Read the candidates bios, here. Residents can attend in person or watch the livestream through the district’s YouTube channel.

The annual budget vote and BOE election is Tuesday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school B-wing gym. 

Annual budget vote details

Proposed budget preserves all programs and focuses on student safety and mental health

On Tuesday, May 21, Scotia-Glenville residents will be asked to consider a $65,085,194 budget for the 2024-25 school year. The proposal maintains all current programs and services for students and preserves critical health and safety features of the current budget, including cyber security, two school resource officers, an athletic trainer, and increased mental health services.

The proposed spending plan increases by 3.38% or $2,125,612 from the current year, and includes a tax levy increase of 2.83% or $919,347. With an estimated tax rate increase of 1.92%, the tax bill on a $160,000 home would increase by an estimated $74.40 per year or $6.20 per month before STAR.

In addition to the 2024-25 budget, voters will also be asked to decide on three additional propositions. The proposed propositions are presented to the community with no increase to 2024-25 tax levy.

Proposition 2

Bus Purchases

The anticipated purchase of three new buses, totaling $329,000, is presented to the community with no additional cost due to the payoff of old debt.

Proposition 3

Electric Bus Proposal

An electric bus proposal, again, at no increase to the 2024-25 tax levy, is contingent on receipt of state or federal funding to offset purchase.

Proposition 4

Capital Improvement Project

The proposed $12.5 million building proposition will have no additional tax impact for voters. The project will focus on safety and other necessary upgrades to buildings throughout our six schools. The project will have no impact on the tax levy due to debt service reserve funds, building aid, and debt from other projects falling off the books.