2018-19 Budget Vote and School Board Election is TODAY, MAY 15. More info…

BUDGET
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Polls are open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Gymnasium in Gowana Middle School

Residents will vote Tuesday, May 15, on a proposed $173.7 million budget for 2018-19 that includes a spending increase of 2.19 percent ($3,725,891). The tax levy increase of 2.92 percent is below the tax cap of 3.65 percent. The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 1.24 percent. A property with a market value of $250,000, would see a $54 increase in the tax bill.

The proposed 2018-19 budget preserves current programs and services and allows for some key program enhancements to support personalized, innovative and creative experiences and improve student and staff safety, including:

  • Additional high school teachers in English, math, science, social studies and other electives to address larger enrollments and class sizes
  • Addition of new innovative technology courses at the high school…Computer Science Discoveries and Mobile Device Application Development.
  • Additional teachers/staff for elementary Academic Intervention Services (AIS) and the Extended day Kindergarten (EDK) program as well as special education and English as a New Language (ENL) learners district-wide.
  • Additional psychologist to create a Wellness Center at High School West and expand services at Arongen and Shatekon.
  • Additional funds to address increase in costs for the Summer Special Education Program.
  • Addition of a HS technology integration coach to provide training and support to classroom teachers as the district expands the 1:1 roll-out (one electronic device for every student) to the high school level.
  • Addition of Future Ready Grants for teachers, allowing them to apply for funds to implement innovative classroom practices.
  • Additional funds for training for all support staff.
  • Additional funds for safety training for transportation, maintenance, grounds and operational staff.
  • Additional assistant coaches for boys/girls cross-country track and girls track. Additional funds for athletic contest entry fees.
  • Allocating $300,000 to address safety and security needs.
  • Funds to provide transportation for six weeks of summer school.
  • Funds to pilot WiFi on 20 buses to potentially improve safety communications and student access while on the bus.

BUS PROPOSITION

In an ongoing effort to keep Shen’s bus fleet in safe working condition and decrease maintenance costs, residents will vote on a proposition that would allow the district to buy 23 vehicles including:
(14) 72-passenger Type C buses
(5) 29-passenger Type A buses
(1) Wheelchair bus
(2) 7-passenger Suburbans
(1) Plow/salt truck
The purchase cost will not exceed $2,381,505 of which approximately 60 percent will be reimbursed through state transportation aid, resulting in a 0.199 percent tax rate increase over five years. This is approximately a three cent ($.034) increase per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2019-20. Retired buses will be sold at auction or reassigned to operation and maintenance.

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Three seats on the Board of Education are up for election. Only two candidates (incumbents Christina Rajotte and Robert Pressly) submitted petitions with the required 64 signatures to run. Board members are unpaid and run at large.
Two seats carry a three-year term. The seat held by Bill Casey, who will resign on June 30, carries a two-year term. The third vacant position will be filled by a qualified individual with the most write-in votes.
If there is no write-in vote for a qualified candidate, the remaining vacancy may be filled by appointment of a qualified person by the Board of Education.

You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and have been a Shenendehowa district resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote. No preregistration is required but official personal identification with photo is required at the polls. It is a crime to falsify votes (i.e., voting twice, or using false identification).

More information and presentations about the budget and school board election can be found here: http://www.shenet.org/budget-finance/budget-development/.

In March/April, presentations about the budget and Board election are made at the Board of Education meetings and they are videotaped. They can be viewed on the BOE YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwEosMyAtHvksGvwcw2mOvg