Avoca Board of Education adopts 2020-21 school budget proposal: Budget preserves student programs, with 0% tax levy increase
On May 12, the Board of Education of the Avoca Central School District approved a $13,699,380 proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. District voters will decide on the budget proposal on June 9, by absentee ballot, only.
The proposed budget would increase spending by $756,216, or 5.84%, from the current year, and include a 0% tax levy increase.
The increase in spending is largely a result of rising student enrollment in BOCES vocational programs, as well as an increase in debt payments due to the current capital project. These additional debt payments, however, will be offset by a corresponding increase in state building aid.
The proposed 0% increase in the tax levy – the total amount of money the school district can raise through property taxes – is $93,574 below the district’s maximum allowable levy calculation, as defined by the state’s tax levy limit law. As a result, the budget can be approved by a simple majority (50% plus one).
Voters will also elect one member to the Board of Education, and decide on a $376,353 bus purchase proposition.
Budget Vote and Board Election: Tuesday, June 9, by absentee ballot, only.
Who may vote?
You may vote if you are 18 years old or older, a U.S. citizen, and a district resident for at least 30 days. Absentee ballots mailed to all registered voters in the district. If you are not a registered voter and would like to request an absentee ballot, contact Rosalie Smith at (607) 566-3000, ext. 1110, or email email@example.com
How do I vote?
Pursuant to the state’s disaster emergency declaration, and by executive order, the 2020 annual meeting for the election of school board members and budget votes will take place remotely. Qualified voters will vote only by absentee ballot. To ensure the validity of the ballot, voters must sign the statement of absentee voter. Ballots must be received by the district office by 5 p.m. on June 9 to be tallied.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots with prepaid return envelopes were mailed to all registered voters in the district.
How do I register to vote?
If you are not a registered voter and would like to request an absentee ballot, please contact Rosalie Smith at 607-566-3000, ext. 1110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School districts are required by state law to make copies of their "Budget Statements" online.
Board of Education Candidate
Voters will elect one member to the Board of Education for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2020, and expiring on June 30, 2025. The candidate on the ballot is incumbent member Megan Hubbard whose term expires on June 30, 2020.
A message from Mrs. Hubbard
It has been a privilege to serve on the ACS Board of Education these last five years. We are a district of amazing staff, students, and community members, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you. I believe that in our small corner of the world, our school is more than just a place where children gather to learn. It is the center of our community - the place where our children grow up, where staff treat each other like family, where our families and community members gather to support and celebrate one another through the good times and the bad. And today more than ever, it is important that we don't lose sight of that, and what our school district means to this community. Although our current circumstances bring much uncertainty, what I know for sure is that there will be much hard work to be done during the coming board term. As a board, we will need to work with our administrators and staff to ensure the financial health of our district in a way that is both prudent and thoughtful, as we face potentially significant reductions in state aid due to the state-wide shutdown. We will need to provide supports to our students and teachers as we face the reality of losing three months of classroom learning this school year. We will need to work with our state and local governments and health departments to ensure the safest possible return to school for our students and staff and their families. We will need to be prepared to think outside the box and look for new ways to tackle new problems. We will need to plan strategically for the future and the goals of our district. And we will need to do all this in a way that remains focused on who we are as a district and what this school means to our community. Knowing the challenges that lie ahead, I am prepared to commit the next five years to serving our community as a member of this board and would be proud to continue working alongside the other members in giving my best to this district that has given so much to me. There is much good work to be done.
Enacted New York state budget for 2020-21 keeps school Foundation Aid flat
In light of COVID-19, districts brace for potential mid-year aid cuts and “Pandemic adjustment” reductions
On Thursday, April 2, New York state lawmakers adopted a state budget that keeps Foundation Aid flat for the 2020-21 school year and maintains overall education funding at nearly the same level. Passage of the budget came against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on state finances.
According to the Governor’s Office, overall education funding for next year is $27.9 billion, about the same as the current year. A $95 million increase in formula-based state aid is attributed to growth in expense-based aids. These are reimbursements for spending in designated categories such as transportation, special education and BOCES services.
However, in light of COVID-19, two new provisions in the budget contribute to significant uncertainty for school districts: the introduction of periodic reviews of state revenue that could result in mid-year school aid cuts and a new “Pandemic Adjustment” state aid reduction that is, at least for now, fully offset by new federal funding.