Budget & Taxpayer Information

District makes second 2021-22 budget presentation to Board of Education

The GASD Business Official and Superintendent of Schools made a second presentation on the 2021-22 district budget development process to the Board of Education during a workshop on March 17. View the presentation below.

Register to vote by May 4 for next budget vote/school board election

Last June, the voters of the Greater Amsterdam School District (GASD) passed a proposition to have continuous voter registration for district budget votes and school board elections. This means that if you are a qualified voter of the Greater Amsterdam School District but are NOT a registered voter with Montgomery County (you aren’t registered to vote in general elections), you can register with the GASD to vote in school district elections at any time.

If you are not already a registered voter but would like to register with the district to vote in GASD budget votes and school board elections, you may do so on any workday between the hour of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Central Office located at 140 Saratoga Avenue. You will need to show proof of residency by bringing a valid driver’s license (or non-driver ID).

Please call the District Clerk at (518) 843-3180, Ext. 7801 for more information or to make an appointment to register. The next GASD budget vote and school board election will be held on Tuesday, May 18. The last day to register for this vote is Tuesday, May 4.

District makes 2021-22 preliminary budget presentation to Board of Education

The GASD Business Official and Superintendent of Schools made a preliminary presentation on the 2021-22 district budget to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Feb. 24. View the presentation below.

GASD reviews Governor’s proposed education budget for 2021-22 – budget boosted by federal aid

In mid-January, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a fiscal year 2022 state budget that includes a more than $2 billion increase in funding for schools next year that is dependent on federal stimulus aid now being proposed under the Biden administration. View full story

2020-21 GASD budget and propositions approved, three re-elected to school board

GASD residents have approved a $75,918,919 district budget for the 2020-21 school year by a vote of 2,023-842. Three other propositions also passed. The vote, which is still unofficial until tonight’s Board of Education meeting, was held by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the votes were counted over a nearly nine-hour period June 16-17.

Three candidates, Dr. Nellie Bush, Rev. Kent McHeard and Deana Mancini (all incumbents) were also re-elected to new three-year terms on the GASD Board of Education beginning on July 1, 2020. The final vote was as follows:

  • Dr. Nellie Bush – 1,984 votes (Elected)
  • Rev. Kent McHeard – 1,730 votes (Elected)
  • Deana Mancini – 1,554 votes (Elected)
  • James P. Walrath – 961 votes (Not elected)
  • Thomas J. Coughlin, Jr. – 873 votes (Not elected)

District voters also approved three other propositions that appeared on the June, 2020 ballot.

Proposition No. 2  sought voter approval allowing for the purchase of two school buses and security cameras at an estimated cost of $225,000, with 90 percent of the cost eligible for state aid reimbursement. The bus proposition passed by a vote of 1,964-887.

Proposition No. 3 asked voters to enable personal registration of voters for school district elections and votes to occur on any school business day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the District Clerk’s office and during any registration dates designed by the school board prior to the annual election and vote or any special vote, effective July 1, 2020. No person, however, would be permitted to register to vote in a school district election or vote less than five days preceding each election or vote. The personal registration proposition passed by a vote of 2,176-640.

Proposition No. 4 asked voters to approve the authorization of the GASD to levy taxes in the amount of $240,000 to support the Amsterdam Free Library for library services during the 2020-21 fiscal year and each year thereafter. The  library proposition passed by a vote of 1,773-1,063.

2020-21 Budget Documents

    The Audit Committee & Financial Statements

    School district finances are subject to internal and external auditing, which promote both accountability and transparency. The Greater Amsterdam School District Audit Committee, which is comprised of Board members and community members, is charged with providing independent advice and recommendations to the board.

    Each year, in accordance with New York State regulations, an independent auditor conducts a review of the districts’ financial statements. After the audit is completed, it is reviewed by the Audit Committee and accepted by the Board. This typically takes place in the fall. Below are the most recent audited financial statements: