2017-18 budget development
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
the new middle school opening at
50 North Lark St.
Newcomer Program for
the district's rapidly growing English as a New Language (ENL) and
refugee student population
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
Support elements of the district's
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.
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
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
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.
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.
May 16 -- School budget vote
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Please call Director of Communications Ron
Lesko at 475-6065 or send an
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