The Schalmont school board adopted a $52.4 million budget proposal April 21, which keeps the district’s local tax levy flat and maintains current student programs.
The budget proposal, which will go up for voter approval May 18, includes the purchase of 900 Chromebooks for students across the district. It also includes continued funding for cleaning and disinfecting.
The budget benefits from increased state aid, and 14 staff retirements also helped close the district budget gap. District officials plan to leave some of those positions unfilled as they analyze the district’s staffing needs. But the district superintendent promised the staffing decisions would not impact student opportunities.
“There is not one elective or program for students that will be reduced by this budget,” Superintendent Thomas Reardon said in a district article summarizing the budget proposal. “We have tried to strike the balance of being mindful of our taxpayers by not increasing the tax levy while finding new ways to provide the opportunities and program our community expects.”
Voters will also choose who will fill three open board seats, two three-year terms and one one-year term. Five candidates will appear on the ballot: Angelo Santabarabara; Daniel Mac Entee; Miranda Eldridge; Katherine Kruk, and; David Lawrence.