Board adopts proposed 2017-18 budget
April 12, 2017
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.
The goal of district officials is to develop a balanced budget that supports educational programs, accounts for rising costs, preserves an adequate fund balance and remains sensitive to the needs of the community.
The budget includes $672,253 from the district’s fund balance. It includes $7,409,675 in state aid, a 3 percent increase in foundation aid over the current school year's budget and increased building aid, including aid related to the capital project.
The district is experiencing an increase in kindergarten registrations for next fall. In response to this and to parent requests for smaller class sizes, the proposed budget would fund an additional full-time kindergarten teacher and an additional full-time elementary teacher.
The proposed budget also would fund a Licensed Practical Nurse at the elementary school, a teacher assistant for the Career Development and Occupational Studies program at the high school, and increase from part to full-time English and physical education teacher positions at the high school and a school psychologist position.
Funding would also be provided for a lathe for the high school robotics classroom, equipment and flooring for the high school weight room and a replacement diesel tank for the bus garage.
The proposed budget would cover the first year of debt service expenses related to the capital project, as well as increased costs of health insurance and BOCES services.
In addition to voting on the budget, district residents will vote on a proposition to purchase three school buses, a real property purchase proposition and to fill three open seats on the Board of Education.
The real property proposition would allow the district to purchase property at 1744 Alexander Road in Delanson, near the northeast corner of th ehigh school, for a cost of $100,000 plus ordinary and customary closing costs. The land would be used for parking for events at the new auditorium. The current property owner is working to donate the house on the property to a nonprofit organization, which would then relocate it.