School budget votes and board elections to be held Tuesday

Henrietta Strickland
May 15, 2018

With the receipt of some additional state aid combined with funds from our reserves, the budget gap was reduced to $400,000.

A Cheyenne school district is under federal investigation for allegations of sexual and disability discrimination.

Davis said Monday that a few years ago, the county "heard loud and clear from the School Board that students show up on day one lacking early childhood education", so the pre-K expansion is their response.

The groundbreaking bill delivers control of Muncie public schools to Ball State University, which has never run a public school district (although it now operates two schools in the area), and frees Muncie from state performance reports imposed on other school districts.

Cooper has been the sheriff's office's official school liaison for the past 4 1/2 years. This significant shortfall required budget cuts throughout the district.

For some districts this year, the toughest question was not whether to remain within their caps - that was a given - but whether to remain well below those maximum tax limits as a signal to local residents that they understood the strain imposed by property taxes.

The proposed budget would increase the tax rate to 13.6338 mills.

Downey then discussed NEW construction proposals that totaled $34.5 million.

Polls will open at 7 a.m.in Kingston and Middletown, but at noon in Newburgh.

The Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in a closed session to consider labor matters and whether to expel certain students.

Because of those potential cap-piercings, in those two districts the proposed budgets for 2018-19 must be OK'd by 60 percent of those voting to pass, rather than a simple majority. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $15,362,467, an increase of $286,166, or 1.90 percent.

The information shared by the 10 candidates running for three board seats was enlightening.

School district candidates should reflect a cross-section of their communities.

Lilley said he was placed on administrative leave in June 2017 after showing videos of a Greene school bus driver texting while driving at a Board of Education meeting.

District finances will receive higher scrutiny, but much of that will be in private. Ficarra said he would be looking for Board of Ed approval on or around October 1 and then for an informal approval from the Board of School Estimate - since the BSE will ultimately "have to approve the bonding".

To serve on the Board of Education, a person must be at least 18 years old; be a US citizen able to read and write; have at least a one-year residency in the district; not be living in the same household as another board member; not be a district employee or hold another public office incompatible with serving on the board; and not have been removed from a school district office within one year of the time the appointment takes place.

The budget also calls for a 40 percent increase in the line item of curriculum and professional development to bring that figure from $89,000 to $123,000 - as well as the addition of a summer high school credit recovery/regents retake program.

The district's cost is the one-time purchase of 300 hotspot devices to enable the internet connections.

The spending plan doesn't include a tax increase.

First and Second Wards - Staley Elementary School, 620 E. Bloomfield Street; Third Ward - Lobby at City Hall; Fourth Ward - Gansevoort Elementary School, 758 W. Liberty St.; Fifth Ward - Denti Elementary School, 1001 Ruby St.; Sixth Ward - St. Paul's Church, 1807 Bedford St.; Seventh Ward - Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St.; Eighth and Ninth Wards - Stokes Elementary School, Turin Road, 9095 Turin Road; Tenth Ward - Western Town Library, 9172 Main St., Westernville.

Voters in the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school districts will be deciding budgets for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday. Four of those schools alone are in Saratoga County.

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