district home
Academics ::
Administration ::
Athletics ::
Board of Education ::
Budget ::
Capital Project ::
District Calendar ::
Employment ::
Health Services ::
Safety ::
Summer School ::
Building Condition Survey ::
Finance ::
Student/staff relocation ::
Marcellus voters approve $32.3 million budget; elect board members

On May 19, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $32.3 million 2015-16 budget proposal and elected three Board of Education members.

Voters approved:
  • A $32,253,589 budget for the 2015-16 school year that increases spending 2.05 percent ($647,775), and carries a 0.74 percent tax levy increase: 601 yes, 267 no.
  • The purchase of four school buses and one four-wheel-drive, seven-passenger vehicle at a cost not to exceed $478,313: 600 yes, 269 no.
  • An annual budget increase of $9,670 for Marcellus Free Library: 610 yes, 258 no.
Voters also elected three new members to the Marcellus Board of Education:
  • Michael McAuliff: 658 votes.
  • Patty Sager: 632 votes.
  • Janine Lundrigan: 113 votes.
Sager and McAuliff each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. Lundrigan will serve a one-year term effective immediately.

“We want to thank all those who took the time to vote today,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice said. “It’s gratifying to move forward with a fiscal plan that preserves and enhances Marcellus’ quality academic program while limiting the impact on our taxpayers.”
The 2015-16 tax levy increase of 0.74 percent was the largest increase the district could have passed with approval from a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of voters, per the state’s property tax levy limit law. The law requires each school district to calculate its own levy limit based on a complex, multi-step formula. Any increase above this limit would have required approval of a supermajority, or at least 60 percent of voters.

Administrators reduced the tax levy increase – or the amount of revenue raised through property taxes – by employing a number of strategies, including:
  • Allocating $601,366 in reserve funds.
  • Sharing transportation services with Cortland City School District, for the busing of special needs students.
  • Returning some administrative services to the district from BOCES.
  • Continuing to work with the Central New York Health Consortium, to find ways to reduce the district’s cost for employee benefits. 
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank the Marcellus voters for approving this budget,” said board President Ryan Riefler. “Once again, the community has assisted us in our mission to help students develop the responsibility, confidence and knowledge they need to thrive in a 21st century world.”

Our Schools
K.C. Heffernan Elementary
C.S. Driver Middle School
Marcellus Sr. High School

Communications Office
Instructional Technology
Buildings and Grounds
Food Service
High School Guidance

About Us
Marcellus Academic Club
Staff Directory
District Newsletter
School Report Card
Board of Education
Employment Opportunities
Use of Facilities

District Info
District Newsletter
District Calendar
Code of Conduct
Use of Facilities
District RTI Plan
Emergency S.A.V.E. Plan
Common Core
Mandated Information
Sex Offender Registry

Staff Links
Personnel Links
Staff E-Mail
Sub Service
Teacher Verification
IEP Direct
Professional Development

School Messenger
SchoolTool Parent Portal
Dignity Act
Code of Conduct
New student Registration
Sex Offender Registry
How to Solve Problems
Summer School