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Proposed budget invests in students, keeps tax levy increase to 0.6 percent

April 12, 2017

Vote button with May 16 written underneathOn Tuesday, May 16, residents will vote on a proposed $40,459,022 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District budget for the 2017-18 school year that has a proposed tax levy increase of $92,595, or 0.60 percent, from the current budget.

The proposed tax levy increase is at the district’s maximum allowable limit as calculated by the state’s tax levy limit formula. This means that a simple majority is needed to approve the school budget.

In large part, this budget is a maintenance budget that provides continued funding for all academic programs and most faculty/staff positions. Despite a low tax levy limit (0.6%) and a modest state aid increase, we have managed to advance funding in several key areas, including:

Providing Enrichment and Extension Opportunities for All Students

  • Modest per-pupil increases for off-campus field trip allowances
  • Increased funding for academic and co-curricular programs
  • Expanded late bus routing for students involved in after-school study and extracurricular activities
  • Funded a summer academic intervention program for primary grades

Enhancing our Use of Instructional Technology

  • Increased funding for technology equipment replacement
  • Dedicated funds for long-range IT planning and professional development
  • Transition to Google email and document sharing platforms
  • Upgrade of district’s copiers and printers and transition to managed print services

Though C-RCS will receive an estimated $523,273 more state aid in 2017-18 than what is budgeted in the current school year, we balanced this budget by restructuring some faculty positions; eliminating a support-staff position through attrition; reducing or deferring planned investments; and seeking grant support for some proposals.

In addition to the tax levy, the district will use $850,000 in reserve funds to balance the 2017-18 budget.

“Developing a school budget is always a complicated balancing act,” said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey. “This year, it was particularly complicated because the legislature and Governor failed to deliver an on-time budget. In the end, due in large part to the advocacy of our community members and our local legislators, Senator James Seward and  Assemblyman Peter Lopez, they delivered a budget that increased funding for C-R’s students.  This allows us to propose a budget that supports our vision of graduating all students prepared to pursue their hopes and dreams, while being mindful of the needs of our communities’ residents and taxpayers.”

Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 16, during the new hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Golding Middle School and Radez Elementary.

School district residents in the towns of Worcester, Decatur, Roseboom, Seward, Summit, Richmondville, Jefferson, Blenheim, and Fulton (west of the junction of Tower and Greenbush Roads) vote at Radez Elementary, 319 E. Main Street, Richmondville (294-6621).

District residents in the towns of Root, Carlisle, Esperance, Schoharie, Cobleskill, Middleburgh, and Fulton (east of the junction of Tower and Greenbush Roads) vote at Golding Middle School, 155 Washington Ave., Cobleskill (234-4032).

If you have questions about your voting location, call 234-4032, ext. 2000.

Residents must be registered to vote. To register, contact your county board of elections. Absentee ballot applications are available in the district office.


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