2020-21 school budget prioritizes health and safety, stays below tax levy limit
On Tuesday, June 9, Florida voters will decide on a $22,699,765 budget proposal for the 2020-21 school year.
Votes will be cast by absentee ballot, only, as determined by New York state. Absentee ballots must be received by the district office by 5 p.m. on June 9.
Through careful planning and cost and personnel reductions, the proposed budget keeps the tax levy increase to 2.29 percent. This increase is below the district’s tax levy limit calculation as defined by the state law.
The current proposal increases spending by $12,545, or 0.06 percent, and reflects investment in the district’s health and safety capacity, cyber security and data protection.
The proposal going before voters prioritizes support for existing academic programs, the continued enhancement of technology for instruction and data protection—while building additional capacity in the areas of health and safety by investing in cleaning supplies, masks and other personal protective equipment.
“Faced with a loss in New York state aid, and ongoing uncertainty for school districts, our priority remained to balance our educational mission with our fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Jan Jehring. “Through these challenging times, our school community has worked together to ensure continuity of learning for all our students and provide for their needs. We look forward to having our students return to school.”
BUDGET AT A GLANCE
- Proposed budget: $22,699,765
- Proposed tax levy increase: 2.29 percent
- Year-to-year spending increase: $12,545
- Reduces six positions through attrition, reflecting decrease in enrollment and loss of state aid
- Enhances health and safety protocols
- Includes expenses associated with Phase I of capital project
- Restructures resource allocation and staffing for continued enhancements in classroom technology, cyber security and data protection
Three-Part Budget Summary
- Program Component: $17,651,770
- Administrative Component: $2,449,450
- Capital Component: $2,598,545
State, Federal Aid
Misc. (tuition, interest)
Also on the absentee ballot
Board of Education Election
Voters will elect one member to the Board of Education. The candidate on the ballot is incumbent member Coleen Connolly whose term expires on June 30, 2020.
Proposition 2: Purchase of two school buses
On June 9, voters will also decide on a proposition for the purchase of two 28-passenger school buses in the amount of $130,000.
The purchase would allow the district to retire two 14-year-old buses with over 100,000 miles each. Recognizing that older, high-mileage vehicles cost more to keep on the road, the replacement would reduce maintenance costs, and ensure safe and reliable transportation for all students.
State transportation aid will fund approximately 64.1 percent, or $83,330 of the bus purchase costs, over a three-year period.
The full text of the budget is also available for review during normal business hours in the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, 51 Main Street, Florida, N.Y.