Board unanimously approves budget proposal for 2011-12
Budget vote set for May 17
N.Y. (April 12, 2011) -- The City School District of Albany Board of
Education voted unanimously tonight to approve
a $206.5 million budget proposal for the 2011-12
The plan includes a 1.7 percent tax-levy increase
and the loss of 91 jobs. However, the district
remains hopeful that ongoing labor negotiations will
reduce both the tax-levy increase and the job cuts.
The district used $9.3 million from its fund balance
to help offset a deficit of more than $10 million.
If voters approve the plan May 17, the budget will
support the vast majority of high-quality programs
and services the district currently provides.
Programmatic reductions include starting foreign
language in seventh grade instead of sixth and the
elimination of electives at Albany High School that
have low enrollment.
"This is a budget proposal that our students need
and deserve, and that also takes into account our
entire community in these difficult economic times,"
said Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.
You can read more about the plan in
Wednesday's Times Union. Check out
the 2011-12 Budget News section for
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves approximately 8,500 students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.