Budget & Finance

2023-24 Budget Development

2023-24 Budget Development and School Board Election


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Capital Project Information and Timeline

Information and updates about the various approved Capital Projects

Transparent Financial Practices

  • Shenendehowa’s annual financial report, posted on this page.
  • The complete line-by-line budget book, posted on this page.
  • The state-mandated budget notice. Shen publishes it in the annual budget newsletter, posted on this page.
  • Tax rates for the past several years.
  • Each month the Board of Education approves, in public session, the bills of the district as a part of the Treasurer’s Report, satisfying all requirements for fiscal transparency. These actions are in the minutes that are posted on the BOE section of the website. These actions can be viewed by the public because all board meetings are livestreamed with recordings posted on the Shen BOE YouTube page.
  • A comprehensive claims audit report is presented and reviewed at least quarterly by the Board of Education, ensuring that all funds expensed by the district are done legally, responsibly, and consistent with respective policies. These actions are in the minutes that are posted on BOE section of the website.

2023-2024 Budget Development

Annual School Budget Vote Results (2022-23)

Referendums (Votes)

The vote and board election was held in-person on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Thank you to our Shen Community for supporting the 2022-23 School Budget, Bus and Multi-Purpose Vehicle Proposition and the three new board candidates. 

2022-23 Budget Vote and School Board Election Results

Proposition 1: 2022-23 Budget

Yes: 3,419

No: 948

Proposition 2: Bus and Multi-Purpose Vehicle Proposition

Yes: 3,409

No: 944

Proposition 3: Board of Education

  • Deanna Stephenson – 2,845 – elected to 3 year term

  • Tom Templeton – 2,479 – elected to 3 year term

  • Petra Holden – 1,904 – elected to 3 year term

  • Joseph Weber – 1,431

  • Jason Little – 1,389

  • Amanda Siska – 1,368

  • Jennyfer Gleason – 1,333

2022-23 Budget Development and School Board Election

Anyone seeking to view the list of all individuals to whom an absentee ballot has been issued, please call 518-881-0600 to set up an appointment to do so.

Rules for School Budget Votes
  • All school districts in New York State vote on a single statewide voting day– the third Tuesday of May.
  • A public hearing must be held 7-14 days before the vote to explain the proposed budget.
  • The budget itself must be presented in three categories: program, administrative and capital, however the public votes on one total budget figure.
  • School boards cannot submit a budget more than twice to voters. If the first vote is defeated, a school board can opt for a contingency budget or resubmit the defeated budget or a revised budget to the community. After a second defeat, a board must adopt a contingency budget.
  • A contingency budget must carry a cap on new spending of 120% of the Consumer Price Index or 4%-whichever is less. In a contingency budget, school boards must still honor employee contracts and follow state mandates. All cuts would come from non-mandated items.
  • School budgets in NYS are subject to a tax levy limit (often referred to as the 2% tax cap) that is calculated by each district according to a very complicated formula outlined in the law. Tax levies are the total amount of dollars collected by the district. Tax rates are used to compute an individual tax bill. The law does not cap an individual’s school tax bill. The law also exempts expenditures related to certain items, including some court orders, some pension costs and local capital expenditures. These exemptions could allow for a levy that is higher than 2% but still within the legal limits of the law. In reality, the law does not actually limit the tax levy at all. A district can propose a tax levy above the “limit” but it requires a supermajority (60 percent or more of voters) for approval.
Voter Eligibility

You are eligible to vote in school district elections 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 pre-registration is required. Official personal identification with photo is required.

Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots for any vote are available online or can be picked up at the district clerk’s office at 5 Chelsea Place Clifton Park, NY 12065. All applications for an absentee ballot must be received no later than 1 week prior to a vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. If the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter, the application can be filed one day prior to the vote. All ballots must be returned to the district clerk by 5 p.m. the day of the vote at 5 Chelsea Place Clifton Park, NY 12065.