2017-18 Budget Preparations Underway

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The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2017-18 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings.
According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2017-18 school year include the following:

•    To maintain all programs and security enhancements put in place over the last few years.  
•    Reinstate four assistant coaching positions, bringing the total to 13 (nine were reinstated in the 2016-17 budget).
•    Increase the districtwide equipment code to address building and athletic equipment needs.
•    Provide staffing for a security command center and hire an additional districtwide guard.
•    Hire two additional custodians for the senior high school.
•    Add an additional information technology services support staff person.
•    Hire a part-time social worker for the elementary schools.

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2017-18 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 16 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 14:  Board of Education meeting; Board review/discussion of Budget Draft #2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 28:  Presentation of Budget Draft #2, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2017-18 Proposed Budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25: Budget presentation, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2: Board of Education meeting; Public Hearing of 2017-18 Proposed School Budget, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16: School Budget Vote and Trustee Election 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.