The budget development process at DCS
Planning a school budget takes on heightened focus from late winter until the public vote in May. However, developing a budget that both meets student needs and reflects community input is a year-long process.
Today's students are growing up in a global, complex and highly competitive society that demands much more than a basic education. It is the duty and mission of DCS to provide students with a depth and breadth of educational programs and services that equip them with the skills and knowledge to be college and career-ready, whether their plans include higher education, the workplace, a trade or craft, family business or the military.
The Duanesburg Central School District, like many small, rural districts, is challenged by rising expenses (e.g., state mandates, health insurance premiums), revenues that can't keep pace (e.g., reduced or flat state aid) and an annual tax levy limit/'cap'.
Each budget season, all programs and services are reviewed to find where savings can be found. In recent years, the district has made numerous cuts and consolidations, but care must be taken: cutting too much funding from non-mandated programs and services degrades the district’s educational program.
DCS is proud of its schools, students and community and is committed to moving forward as a place where people want to live, raise and educate their children. The district encourages the community to be a part of that process and help prepare students for the future.
All are welcome to participate in budget work sessions at DCS Board of Education meetings February through May. All are encouraged to vote on the budget on May 16, 2017. Polls are open from 1-9 p.m. in the Elementary School gym.Budget news & updates
Board adopts proposed 2017-18 budget
The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education voted at their April 11 meeting to adopt a proposed $16,317,500 budget for the 2017-18 school year. District residents will vote on the proposed budget on May 16.
The proposed budget increases spending by $687,268 over the current year’s budget and includes a tax levy increase of 1.91 percent, which is below the district's 2.51 percent tax levy limit (“cap”).
As the proposed levy change is below the district’s tax levy limit, the proposed budget requires a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) for approval. READ MORE
School Budget 101: Balancing the Budget
School boards must develop a balanced school budget proposal for district residents to vote on each May, but what goes into that task? What are a school district's expenses? Where does the money come from? What is fund balance?
Three seats will be open on the Board of Education
Three seats will be open on the DCS Board of Education for terms beginning July 1, 2017. District residents will vote on May 16, 2017 to fill seats currently held by Mike Jackson and Mara Burns, for three-year terms expiring June 30, 2020, and by Tina Gamache, for a one-year term commencing May 17, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2018. Gamache is currently filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Bob Fiorini.
Board of Education petitions are available at the DCS central office. Call 895-2279 to request a petition to be mailed or stop in to pick one up on school days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Completed petitions are due in the central office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17. LEARN MORE ABOUT BOARD ELECTIONS
2017-18 Budget Development Calendar
The 2017-18 budget development calendar may be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right side of this page. Key dates include budget work sessions, the community budget presentation, Meet the Candidates Night and the budget vote date of May 16, 2017.
Current year's budget
District residents approved the proposed $15,630,232 budget for the 2016-17 school year by a vote of 375 to 194, a 66 percentage of approval. The budget includes a tax levy change of 1.46 percent, below the district's maximum allowable levy of 2.33 percent.
Residents also approved a proposition to purchase two 65-passenger propane-powered school buses. They re-elected Kent Sanders and elected Deborah F. Grier to three-year terms on the DCS Board of Education. READ MORE - DOWNLOAD THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR BUDGET NEWSLETTER
Applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the District Clerk or by clicking the link at the right side of this page.
A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available in the office of the District Clerk from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. prevailing time on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except weekends, and on the day set for the election. Any qualified voter may challenge the acceptance of the ballot of any person on such list, by making his/her challenge and reasons therefor known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.
Issues impacting school budgets
Learn more: Mandates and mandate relief for schools
For many districts, fulfilling all mandates while staying within a property tax levy limit has meant ongoing reductions in non-mandated programs and services for students as well as the loss of staff positions. As a result, well-intended mandates threaten many nonmandated, but higher priority items for local communities.
Download an informative fact sheet (PDF) about mandates and mandate relief in New York State, and how mandates impact our schools.
What's the story behind the tax levy limit?
Many are confused by the continued use of the terminology "Tax Cap" as presented by the media and some officials in state government. Schools refer to the concept as a "Tax Levy Limit," but it's really a voter threshold. Click on the link to see a very short video that explains the tax levy limit: WATCH THE VIDEO.
What is the district planning for the future?
Visit the DCS STRATEGIC PLANNING PAGE