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April 12, 2017

Board of Education adopts $81.4 million budget proposal for 2017-18

At its meeting on April 11, the Board of Education adopted an $81.4 million school budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The budget continues all current student programs, supports many ongoing initiatives, and includes the overall addition of five teaching positions across the three levels, primarily to help manage class sizes.

This year, the statewide school budget vote day is Tuesday, May 16. Polls at Niskayuna High School will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day.

Voters will also decide on a bus purchase proposition and elect two members to the Board of Education on May 16.

If the budget is approved, total spending would increase by about $957,000, or 1.2 percent. The tax levy increase is 2.08 percent, which is the district's limit based on the state tax cap formula.

The school budget newsletter will be mailed to all households in early May. Residents and community members are also encouraged to attend one of the community budget forums with Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. that have been scheduled. They are listed below.

A schedule is below. Administrators will also be attending PTO and staff forums in the weeks leading up to the vote.


May 2017 Budget Vote - Important Dates

Monday, May 1 - Community Budget Forum: Niskayuna Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2 - Meet the Candidates Night: Van Antwerp MS Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 - Community Budget Forum: Niskayuna Town Library, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 9 - Budget Hearing (at Board Meeting): District Office Board Room, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 11 - Community Budget Forum: District Office Board Room, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12 - Community Budget Forum: Niskayuna Town Library, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16: School Budget Vote, Board of Education Election & Bus Purchase Proposition Voting is at Niskayuna High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.