On Tuesday, May 16, voters in the Niskayuna Central School District will decide
on a proposed $81.4 million school budget for the 2017-18 school year. Two seats
on the Board of Education and a bus purchase proposition are also on the ballot.
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Niskayuna High School on that day.
If the budget is approved, spending would increase by about $957,400, or 1.19 percent, compared to the current year. The proposed budget carries a tax levy increase of 2.08 percent, which is the district's limit based on the state's tax cap formula.
The proposed budget maintains all current student programs and includes the addition of five full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions, primarily to help manage class sizes at the elementary and middle school levels. A slight increase in teaching staff at the high school is based on student course requests, and will allow a robotics course and a second level of Chinese language study to be offered for the first time next year.
The budget includes about $12,000 in additional funding for the elementary Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) initiative, designed to provide instruction in key skills and concepts tailored to individual student needs. Additionally, existing funding will be used to establish a summer kindergarten readiness program to help students have a strong start to school.
Three candidates are running for the two seats on the Board of Education that are on the May 16 ballot. The proposition to purchase 10 buses is part of the district's multi-year bus replacement plan (see page 7).