The Scotia-Glenville school board will be asking district voters to support a 0.13 percent local tax levy increase on its $59.1 million proposed budget at the May 18 budget vote.
The ballot will also include a $12.8 million capital project focused on upgrading key infrastructure and mechanical systems in the district.
The budget proposal would increase district spending 1.66 percent and, while it maintains programs and services to students, the budget includes a $200,000 reduction by not replacing two retiring elementary school teachers. During a budget presentation at the end of March, Scotia-Glenville Superintendent Susan Swartz said the district could balance out its incoming kindergarten classes at 20 students without replacing the retiring teacher.
The board adopted its budget proposal in late March, before state lawmakers finalized the state budget, proposing a 2 percent levy increase at that time. Board members agreed, though, to devote any new state aid to lowering the tax levy. When the final aid numbers came in earlier this month, district officials were in a position to wipe away nearly all of the proposed local levy increase.
The proposed 0.13 percent is right at the district’s tax cap, requiring a simple majority of district voters to approve the budget next month.
Incumbent board members David Massaro and Hal Talbot will both seek re-election to new three-year terms. No other candidates filed to challenge the incumbents.
Voters to also have say on $12.8 million capital project
District voters on May 18 will also be asked to authorize a $12.8 million capital project, which includes improvements at all district buildings and focuses primarily on upgrades to the district’s underlying infrastructure – like roof repairs, traffic flow improvements and a districtwide public announcement system overhaul.
“If approved, the proposed project would address a variety of needs and enhancements that will vastly improve the educational experience of our students, safety, and energy efficiency,” according to a district brochure explaining the project.
Glen-Worden Elementary School would receive the most work under the project, about $3.5 million, which includes a roof replacement; a heating system conversation from steam to hot water; masonry repairs, and; sidewalk, ramp and railing replacements.
The high school would see about $3 million in upgrades, including replacing old water piping and aging mechanical units, a new public announcement system and stormwater drainage improvements.
Glendaal Elementary School is slated for around $2.5 million of work, including a roof replacement, new exterior doors, parking lot reconstruction and other upgrades. Sacanadaga would see about $1.7 million in work and the middle school would be in line for about $1.5 million in improvements. All schools would benefit from the new public announcement system.
The project is aligned to retiring district debt and would have no new increase to the tax levy, according to the brochure.
Voters can cast a ballot on the budget and capital project May 18 at the high school gym from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voters can also request an absentee ballot directly from the district.