April 20, 2017
The Amsterdam Board of Education adopted a $69,511,563 budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year during its meeting on Wednesday, April 19. The school budget would align current programs and services to the district’s strategic plan. Eligible residents will vote on the proposal on Tuesday, May 16.
The 2017-18 budget is $722,587 more than the budget for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of 1.05 percent.
“Our goal in creating this budget was to support the educational progress being made in our schools and to be fiscally responsible to taxpayers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicky Ramos said.
State aid would fund about 65 percent of the proposed school budget, with a $2,042,205 aid increase expected after the recent adoption of a 2017-18 state budget. District leaders say the 4.7 percent increase in state aid over the 2016-17 school year is vital for Amsterdam’s students.
“This additional funding has allowed us to balance our budget without reductions to our education program, services and supporting initiatives,” Ramos said. “The district is in a responsible place financially, which is great for our community.”
Local property taxes would also fund about 30 percent of the proposed school budget. The school tax levy, or total amount of money collected from local property owners, would not change from the current year’s levy of $20,875,122.
Also on the ballot
Voters will also elect candidates to fill three open seats on the Board of Education, currently held by board members Nellie A. Bush, Rev. Kent A. McHeard and Peter A. Pritchard. Those interested in submitting a board candidate petition should call the district clerk at (518) 824-5604 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive a candidate packet. The deadline for all candidates’ petitions is Wednesday, April 26.
The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Amsterdam High School Media Center.