May Superintendent’s Corner

May 2017

In this issue, we focus on instructional projects, student recognition and the 2017-18 school budget proposal.

Boys and Girls State Candidates- Emily deJong will be attending Girls State at SUNY Brockport from 7/2 – 7/8 from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1250. John Shaughnessy and Robert Verblaauw will attend Boys State at SUNY Morrisville from 6/25-7/1 from the American Legion Post 1250.

Genocide Project- In this edition you will find a sampling of our sophomore students’ Genocide Projects.

Warwick Valley High School and S.S. Seward Institute 4th Annual Career Day- Many of our students attended the Career Day and learned about the businesses from our region.

2017-2018 Budget

The Board of Education has adopted the 2017-18 School Budget Proposal. The spending plan is $21,231,803 which is an increase of $416,843 or 2% over 2016-17. The proposed tax levy is $14,633,509 which is an increase of $255,679 or 1.77% over 2016-17. The tax levy is under the tax cap.

This budget will allow the District to continue initiatives increasing academic opportunities for students, educational technology and professional development.

Here are some highlights of the proposed budget:

  • Special education teacher
  • Occupational therapist
  • Communication support for the website
  • Additional Chromebooks for the grade 6-12 program
  •  Modified volleyball
  • Athletic merger with Warwick Valley Central in football at modified, jv and varsity levels
  • Varsity swimming in collaboration with Warwick Valley Central
  • Increases in health insurance
  • Decreases in Teacher Retirement System and Employee Retirement System
  • Revenues have increased through state aid and the tax levy.
  • Use of fund balance has decreased from $300,000 in 2016-17 to $200,000 in 2017-18.

The overall spending plan is up 2% and the tax levy increase of 1.77% is compliant with the tax cap calculation. Budget information is available at the District Office, school buildings, Florida Public Library and the website. Several informational sessions will be held (see calendar section). The budget hearing is May 4th. The school budget vote and school board elections are May 16. Howard Cohen and Matthew Mulhare will be running for the 3 year seat currently held by John Campana who is not seeking re-election.

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools