CLIFTON PARK – The Shenendehowa school board’s $187 million budget proposal includes a 2% tax levy increase, but officials project district residents will still see a decline in their tax rate as valuations grow.
The district budget proposal, which goes up for voter approval May 18, increases overall spending by 3% and lays the groundwork for bringing all students back to school for in-person instruction.
“We are excited about the return to full, in-person learning for 2021-2022 and the renewed commitment to provide engaging experiences on-site for all of our students,” Superintendent Oliver Robinson said in the district’s budget newsletter.
The budget proposal, which was boosted by an increase in state foundation aid, includes increased funding for textbooks and classroom technology, new professional development and increased music and physical education opportunities for students.
The May 18 ballot vote will also include a $26.5 million capital project focused on upgrading lighting, water pipes, flooring, heating and cooling and other items. The project includes a secure entrance at Gowana as well as upgrades to science and art classrooms. The plan also includes installation of a multi-use turf field near Koda, refurbishing the high school tennis courts and replacing the track and turf at Plainsmen Stadium.
Voters will also be able to pick three candidates to fill three open board seats: a pair of three-year terms and one one-year term. Nine candidates will be on the ballot: Jason DiGianni; Joseph Weber; Meghan Chapin; Ram Lalukota; Alfred Ives; Stacey Pflomm; Robert Pressly; Tom Templeton, and; Kara Tubbs.