At its meeting on Monday, April 27, the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District Board of Education adopted a $38,516,494 budget proposal for 2015-16. The adopted budget makes substantial new investments in student programs and faculty positions and calls for a 1.99 percent tax levy increase for next year.
The proposed tax levy is below the state’s real property tax levy limit. If the budget is adopted, district residents shall maintain their eligibility for the state’s “Tax Freeze” rebate, pending approval of the district’s efficiency plan.
The community will consider the proposal on the budget vote day of Tuesday, May 19.
In addition to the tax levy, the district will use $626,000 in reserve funds to balance the 2015-16 budget. If approved by voters, spending would increase 2.48 percent next year.
“We believe this budget balances the needs of the students with our community’s capacity to invest in its schools,” said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey. “It’s a budget that invests in students, increases educational opportunities, and continues the district along the path of long-term success.”
Among the investments reflected in this budget are an additional elementary school counselor position; an additional math instruction position at Golding Middle School; an increase of adult education and distance learning opportunities at the high school; dedicated funding for field trips; and increased funding for interscholastic athletics.
The district will also invest in a human resources coordinator in order to strengthen and streamline district –level personnel functions.
A public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 budget will be held Monday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. in the Golding Middle School Library. The C-RCS budget newsletter will be mailed to residents after the public hearing. More budget information can be found at www.crcs.k12.ny.us/budgetadvocacy.