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School budget votes postponed to at least June 1 over coronavirus

School budget votes postponed to at least June 1 over coronavirus

No date set for when school board and budget votes will take place
School budget votes postponed to at least June 1 over coronavirus
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Annual school budget votes across the state are postponed until at least June 1, under an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that extends and expands restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

School budget votes were scheduled for mid May – the state’s next scheduled mass voting event – but were delayed by Cuomo until at least June 1 and potentially longer.

“Any school board, library board or village election scheduled in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until June 1, 2020,” according to the executive order.

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The order also indefinitely postpones collection and filing of nominating petitions for school board elections, which are also delayed until at least June 1. The order advised that the elections were “subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”

In normal school years, school boards develop budgets for the next academic year in February and March, find out their state aid numbers in early April, finalize budgets by mid-April and go out for voter approval in mid-May. Those new budgets go into operation July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year for school districts with newly-elected school board members seated soon thereafter. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not clear when districts will be expected to win voter approval for their annual operating budgets.

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