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Voters to decide on $58.5 million budget proposal

April 30, 2019

Your vote countsBudget would improve school safety, mental health & future-ready initiatives

South Glens Falls Central School District residents will vote Tuesday, May 21, on a proposed $58,451,178 spending plan for the 2019-20 school year. The proposed plan calls for a $1,805,058—or 3.19%—increase in spending over the current year’s budget.

If approved, the budget would increase the tax levy by 3.99%, which is below the district’s state-imposed tax levy limit of 4.69%. While final assessment figures are not available until August, it is projected that homeowners with an assessment of $100,000 will see their annual taxes increase approximately $16-$109, depending on the town where they live.

Voters will elect four members to the board of education and vote on a bus proposition as well.

Budget increase reflects capital project expenses

Part of the overall budget increase is a result of the capital project voters approved in December 2015. This is the first year that capital project debt is reflected in the total budget.

For the 2019-20 school year, SGF is anticipating a $188,211 increase (0.74%) in foundation aid compared to the current budget. Along with a decrease in employee health insurance costs and mandatory retirement contribution rates, the slight aid increase makes it possible for the district to preserve and enhance programs and services, while staying below the district’s tax levy limit.

“We believe this budget takes a thoughtful approach toward improving our district’s offerings while being mindful of taxpayers,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “The proposed budget includes enhancements for safety and mental health, which will benefit all students and staff.”

How will the 2019-20 budget support the district’s areas of focus?

This year, the South Glens Falls CSD has been focusing on three priorities: safety, mental health and future-ready learning. The proposed 2019-20 school budget would support each of these areas and the work being done to improve school culture and student outcomes.

Safety

  • Maintain current contract with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) school resource officer to be shared among the district’s six schools.
  • Additional time for the district’s health, safety & risk management specialist through BOCES.

Mental Health

  • Addition of 2.0 FTE elementary social workers, to ensure each elementary school has a full-time, designated social worker.
  • Addition of 0.5 FTE physical education teacher to serve as elementary mental health/wellness coach.
  • Addition of 1.0 FTE Saratoga Center for the Family counselor.

Future-Ready Learning

  • Sensory room at Moreau Elementary School, a pilot site for a new program.
  • Six new model classrooms (2 at Moreau and 4 at Ballard). These rooms include flexible seating, technology and student-centered instruction.

Also on the Ballot

Bus Purchase Proposition

Voters will decide on the purchase of two 66-passenger school buses, two 72-passenger school buses and two 30-passenger school buses at a maximum cost of $583,599.

The district will be reimbursed by the state for approximately 72.6 percent of the bus purchase cost. This purchase will not impact taxes until the 2020-21 school year.

The proposition is part of the district’s annual bus replacement plan, which replaces the oldest buses each year in order to maintain a safe
and operational fleet, and controls the maintenance costs that come with keeping older buses on the road. South Glens Falls buses transport approximately 3,100 students on 76 morning runs and 63 afternoon runs. The school district buses travel more than 4,000 miles per day. South Glens Falls Central School District covers 65 square miles.

View the May 8, 2019, Community Budget Presentation here.

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