Superintendent's 2020-2021 School Budget Overview
Development of a school budget actually begins back in June of each year. Through the thoughtful work of our administrators, program directors and staff, the process is a collaborative effort that results in the thorough examination of our educational programs and practices as well as the operations and infrastructure of the District.
The guiding principles and operating standards employed during the budget development process include:
- Ensure the continued tradition of excellence in teaching and learning while fostering 21st century skills and building global partnerships.
- Provide school environments that are safe and supportive of social, emotional and physical health and well-being.
- Ensure continual instructional program improvement.
- Support the innovative use of time, space and technology.
- Maximize efficiencies in scheduling personnel wherever possible.
- Ensure high quality teacher and administrator evaluation systems.
- Optimize communication structures to ensure the dissemination of accurate, timely, relevant information while providing opportunities for information to flow within the school district and to the community.
- Maintain contractual class size ratios K-12.
- Ensure that focused and research-based professional learning initiatives are ongoing for all staff.
- Maintain teaming approach at the middle level.
- Maintain breadth and depth of core course offerings and extra-curricular activities to the greatest extent possible in light of tax cap realities.
- Provide students with cross-disciplinary experiences built on a foundation of real-world 21st century skills.
- Ensure that the District’s facilities continue to be safe, clean, well-maintained, energy efficient and current.
- Ensure that school and District offices function efficiently and effectively.
At the March 3rd Board of Education meeting, Dr. Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools, presented an overview of the 2020-2021 proposed school budget, which is $129,622,198. This represents a $3,469,980, or 2.75% increase over the current budget. Since this proposed budget is below the 2.0% tax cap, eligible homeowners will receive a property tax rebate from New York State.
Highlights of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget include:
- Responds to the BOE's strategic questions & the District’s Strategic Coherence Plan.
- Meets the 2020-21 operating standards.
- Ensures students are physically, socially and emotionally safe.
- Increases instructional and social emotional learning support for special education and 504 programs.
- Increases administrative leadership, oversight and support for Greeley community.
- Maintains additional support for the athletic department.
- Maintains the Student Resource Officer (SRO) at Greeley.
- Adjusts personnel based on enrollment.
- Maintains a budget below the tax cap to ensure community members are eligible for property tax rebate.
On Wednesday, April 15, the Board of Education will vote to adopt the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year, and on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, District residents will head to the polls for the annual Budget Vote and Trustee Elections.