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2017-18 budget development

The City School District of Albany is in the process of developing a budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year.

 

The current 2017-18 draft budget proposal would continue to support all academic, social-emotional and extracurricular programs and services for the district’s more than 9,600 students. It also would:

  • Invest in equitable programs and staffing for the new middle school opening at 50 North Lark St.

  • Support a Newcomer Program for the district's rapidly growing English as a New Language (ENL) and refugee student population

  • Redesign alternative education to provide more academic and social-emotional supports for students at the program's new home for 2017-18 at 395 Elk St.

  • Expand the district's investment in Community Schools, and

  • Support elements of the district's academic plan.

The Board of Education reviewed an updated draft of the budget proposal at its March 16 meeting. The board is scheduled to work on the budget draft next at its April 6 meeting. The board could adopt a final budget proposal that night; if not, it would need to schedule a special meeting the following week to do that.

 

The annual budget vote is Tuesday, May 16.

 

The district's "tax cap" for 2017-18 is less than 1 percent (0.96 percent). The tax cap defines the level of voter support a school district must have to pass its annual budget. Proposed tax-levy increases at or below a district's cap require a simple majority -- 50 percent plus one vote. Proposed tax-levy increases above a district's cap require 60 percent approval.

 

The City School District of Albany never has proposed a tax-levy increase above its cap. The current year represents the second time in six years that the district has implemented a budget with zero tax-levy increase, and the fourth time in six years that the increase has been less than 1 percent. The district’s average tax-levy increase over the past six years is 1.05 percent. During that time, the district’s enrollment has grown by about 1,200 students, or 14 percent.

 

Click here to download the full line-by-line 2016-17 budget 63 percent of voters approved in May 2016.

 

Get informed. Then get involved.

The City School District of Albany's annual budget-development process includes dozens of public meetings throughout the winter and spring, and the opportunity for all community groups to have a district representative provide a presentation about the proposed budget in April and May. In addition to budget discussions at each board meeting throughout February, March and early April, the 2017-18 budget-development process once again included two January budget workshops, and community presentations in early March.

 

The Board of Education approved the 2017-18 budget-development process and calendar at its Nov. 17 meeting.

 

Here are key dates and milestones in the district's budget-development process:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 -- Public budget workshop I, 5:30-7 p.m., Albany High School media center.

  • Monday, Jan. 23 -- Public budget workshop II, 5:30-7 p.m., Albany High School media center.

  • Thursday, Feb. 2 -- Board of Education meeting, Delaware Community School, 7 p.m. First-draft budget proposal.

  • Thursday, Feb. 16 -- Board of Education meeting, West Hill Middle School, 7 p.m. Second-draft budget proposal.

  • Thursday, March 3 -- Board of Edcuation meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m. Further discussion and revisions on second-draft budget proposal. Click here to download the presentation.

  • March 6-9: Community budget presentations. Please visit our District News section for specific dates and locations.

  • Thursday, March 16 -- Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 7 p.m. Third-draft budget proposal.

  • Thursday, April 6 -- Board of Education meeting and budget forum, Albany High School, 7 p.m. Final budget proposal presented for adoption.

  • Thursday, April 20 -- Community budget presentation, Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, LaSalle School, 391 Western Ave., 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 3 -- Community budget presentation, Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations, Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 9 -- Community budget presentation, Beverwyck Neighborhood Association, Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology, 232 N. Allen St., 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 16 -- School budget vote

We also make frequent use of this website and social media tools such as School News Notifier, Facebook and Twitter to provide information and updates. We encourage you to sign up today. Use the respective links to sign up if you're not already registered.

 

Please call Director of Communications Ron Lesko at 475-6065 or send an e-mail if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 

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