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District News: 2018-19 School Budget

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 Schools benefit more than just their students and staff:
Good schools make good communities.
All are encouraged to become involved in budget development.
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Budget development objective:

“To sustain the fiscal capacity of the school district in order to adequately provide for the programs and services for our students, not only for next year, but for years well into the future.”

Information on the current school year's budget

Schoharie residents approve 2017-18 budget, bus purchase & capital project propositions; elect two to Board of Education

On May 16, Schoharie Central School District residents voted 389 to 143 to approve a proposed $23,415,819 budget for the 2017-18 school year, which is a 73 percentage of approval.

District residents also approved:

 - A capital renovation and reconstruction project proposition by a vote of 375 to 156, a 71 percentage of approval;

- A proposition to establish capital reserve fund to cover the local share of the cost of the project using the district's available fund balance, by a vote of 397 to 133;

- A proposition to purchase four school buses as part of the district's ongoing bus replacement program by a vote of 405 to 128.

District residents elected John Florussen and Laraine Gell to fill two open seats on the Board of Education.

Community members share thoughts at forum

2017 Community Budget Forum

Local residents including parents, current high school students, staff and alumni shared their ideas and feedback with the Schoharie Board of Education at the 2017 Community Budget Forum. Watch this webpage for the 2018 Forum date.

2017 Community Budget Forum

Helpful information

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?

View a short video

Download an informative flier and learn more.

Budget Development Calendar

While certain times of the year see increased budget-related activity, developing a budget that meets the needs of our students and school while also reflecting local residents' input is a yearlong process. As such, the community is welcome and encouraged to participate in this process.

The Budget Development Calendar lists the various steps in the process:

October 2017:

Superintendent and Business Administrator review Budget Planning Handbook and process and meet with administrators

 November 2017:

Superintendent and Business Administrator review Enrollment Projections with administrators for allocations for instructional materials

Adminstrators submit Program Goals, Instructional Administrator to Superintendent

December 2017:

Administrators and department supervisors submit Support Staff Personnel requests, with rationale to Business Administrator

Director of Facilities and Transportation Director submit Staffing, Supplies, Equipment and other Expenses for Operations & Maintenance to Business Administrator

Administrators submit Special Maintenance needs submitted to Business Administrator (Routine summer projects, with no budget impact, can be identified until mid-April.)

Administrators submit Instructional Staffing requests, with rationale, to Superintendent

Administrators submit Instructional Equipment requests to Business Administrator

January 2018:

 Administrators submit Supplies, Conferences, and Other Expenses to Business

Superintendent and Business Administrator analyze revenue projections and budget requests to assemble Preliminary Budget

Superintendent and Business Administrator have internal meetings with administrators to review requests and make modifications

Jan. 18: Superintendent and Business Administrator present Rollover Budget Scenario to Board of Education

February 2018:

 Feb. 15: Superintendent and Business Administrator present Preliminary Budget to Board of Education Business Admin.

TBD: Public Information Session/Community Budget Forum

February through April 2018:

Superintendent and Business Administrator review Budget during Board  work sessions; present Tentative Budget on March 15

April 12: Target date for Board of Education Adoption of Proposed Budget to be considered by voters in May

Budget Newsletter written and printed for mailing in May

May 2018:

May 8: Public Hearing on Proposed 2018-19 2018 Budget at Board of Education meeting

May 9: Budget Newsletter/Budget Notice distributed to voter households


NOTE: Except for the May 15, 2018, date for the vote by the public, other budget development calendar dates are subject to change.

Absentee ballots are available

Absentee ballots are available for those people who are not able to make it to the lobby of the Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School library lobby to vote on the budget (polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). To request an application or an absentee ballot, email District Clerk Debra Cardella at To download a PDF of the application for an absentee ballot, click here.








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