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.