Preserving programs for students and supporting their social-emotional needs is the main focus of next year’s school budget as Schalmont looks to the hope of a more traditional school year in 2021-2022.
The $52,397,377 budget does not raise the tax levy (a 0% increase) and is below the Property Tax Cap, which is 2.34% next year.
“We’re excited for next school year and the opportunities our students will have,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon. “We’re so proud of all that our faculty, staff and families have accomplished this year. We can’t wait to build on it next year.”
A community budget vote will take place Tuesday, May 18 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the High School gym lobby.
- Read the budget newsletter, available as a pdf
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- Revenue and Expenditure Tables
- Finding Ways to Reduce Costs
The proposed 2021-2022 school budget maintains a balanced K-12 instructional program. Class sections, a strong curriculum of classes and electives, and support for social-emotional, remedial and special education needs will all be provided.
The budget also invests in technology including 900 Chromebooks for students in all three schools to support the district’s move to a one-to-one learning environment where each student has a device. Funding for textbook resources and supplies to ensure cleaning and disinfecting practices can be maintained is also included.
An increase in state aid next year helped the district close its budget gap, as did 14 employee retirements. Some of those positions may not be refilled as Schalmont examines staffing needs district-wide but student opportunities will not be impacted.
“There is not one elective or program for students that will be reduced by this budget,” said Dr. Reardon. “We have tried to strike the balance of being mindful of our taxpayers by not increasing the tax levy while finding new ways to provide the opportunities and programs our community expects.”
Our community will also vote May 18 on a proposition to purchase five school buses at a maximum cost of $525,000 as part of the district’s long-term bus replacement program. Read more.
Five community members are also running for three seats on the Board of Education. Read more.
If you have any questions about the budget, please call Dr. Reardon at 518-355-9200 ext. 4001 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.