Superintendent explains the 2017-18 proposed budget
In her latest video about the 2017-18 school budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains what's included in the proposed spending plan adopted by the Board of Education on April 10.
Stay tuned for additional videos about state aid and the specific propositions that will appear on the ballot May 16.
April 11, 2017
Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget proposal
On Monday, April 10, the Marcellus Board of Education adopted a $34,392,500 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 2.9 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.98 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law.
District residents will vote on the proposal between noon and 9 p.m. May 16. The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, May 8, in the Marcellus High School auditorium.
The fiscal plan includes no program reductions, adds some staffing, creates a more efficient, centralized copying center and includes a $100,000 capital outlay to replace the high school bleachers.
On May 16, residents also will elect two members to the Board of Education and consider three propositions: to replace four school buses and one passenger van at a cost no greater than $262,074; to create a capital reserve fund to pay for future construction, reconstruction, renovation and equipment purchases; and to increase the Marcellus Free Library budget.
Stay tuned in coming weeks for more detailed information on the district website budget page and in the printed budget newsletter that comes in the mail.
March 9, 2017
2017-18 Budget: Understanding how school budgets are balanced
Each year, school boards in New York must develop a balanced school budget proposal for the following school year and put it to a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. The requirement for a balanced school budget is challenging when a district’s anticipated expenses exceed anticipated revenue. Finding a balance might require budget reductions and/or tax levy increases or using excess fund balance.
Governor outlines school aid proposal and educational initiatives in Executive Budget Proposal
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. The governor’s plan includes targeted funding to support high-need districts with community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and discontinuing the use of the original Foundation Aid Formula in determining future state aid increases.
Marcellus is not considered a high-need district. Therefore, its share of the governor’s aid proposal results in an overall increase of 0.81 percent, or $111,002.
“While we recognize the struggles of students in high-need districts, we are concerned about the minimal aid increase Marcellus will realize from the governor’s budget proposal,” Marcellus Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio said. “If additional aid is not realized through the state’s legislative process, property taxes will need to increase by more than three times next year’s property levy limit (or an estimated 4.7 percent) to maintain existing programs. We are hopeful state representatives recognize the limitations created by the property tax levy limit and will propose additional funding above and beyond that which was proposed by Governor Cuomo.”
Budget 2017-18: Superintendent talks about debt service
In the third in a series of videos about developing the 2017-18 school district budget, Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains how management of the district's debt service influences budget development and future capital project planning. She also addresses the governor's proposed budget, which was unveiled last month.
Jan. 13, 2017
Budget 2017-18: How enrollment, graduation requirements affect 7-12 staffing
In the second in a series of videos about developing the 2017-18 school district budget, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains how enrollment figures, graduation requirements and state regulations affect staffing decisions for grades 7-12.
As part of the 2017-18 budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner plans to release a series of videos explaining the various factors that contribute to building the school district budget. In this first video, she discusses the district's K-6 staffing and enrollment.