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Dear Community,

This year we find ourselves in a very challenging situation while developing a school budget that is fiscally responsible at a time in which our economy has suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the economic hardship and the costs needed to support struggling families in New York, the Governor has reduced the State Aid to our school district by nearly $900,000. The Governor has also informed us that an additional 20 percent or approximately 4.5 million dollars in additional reductions may occur.  Our current budget this year will be negatively impacted by the loss of sales tax revenue, and we anticipate a loss of $760,000 the 2020-2021 budget year, as well.

Although our students have been learning at home, our teachers, administrators, and staff have been fully engaged and committed to providing resources and maintaining connections to our students and families throughout this timeframe. We have acquired some savings due to diesel and substitute teacher costs, and are using those funds to offset a portion of the upcoming budget. When we began our budget planning in December, we proposed the addition of a Pre-Kindergarten program. Given our current financial climate, we have removed that from the budget along with some staff reductions due to enrollment. 

The process for developing a school district budget is taken very seriously and we have spent a great deal of time in work sessions reviewing expenditures, revenues, along with assessing efficiencies and cost saving measures. As a result, we have developed what we believe to be a fiscally sound budget to present to the community on June 9, 2020.

The proposed budget of $88,467,407, adopted by the Board of Education on May 5, 2020, reflects an increase of 3.64% over last year’s budget and would mean a 2.50% increase in the tax levy which is below the district’s levy cap of 3.55%. This budget would result in an estimated tax rate rate increase of 1.58% for the town of Chili, an increase of 2.77% for the town of Riga, a decrease of .49% for the town of Ogden, and a decrease of 2.48% for the town of Sweden due to varied equalization rates.

The second proposition on the ballot will be the purchase of 10 buses at a cost not to exceed $1,210,000. Additional information about our district’s proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year as well as information about our Board of Education candidates, may be found on the following pages. 

Detailed budget information posted on the Budget Development page of the district website. We hope you will take the opportunity to complete your absentee ballot and return it by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Sincerely,
Lori Orologio
Superintendent of School

Office of the Superintendent

Lori Orologio, Superintendent of Schools

Lori Orologio
Superintendent of Schools
293-1800 ext 2300 
[email protected]

Amanda Puleo, Communication Coordinator & Admin. Assistant

Amanda Puleo
Communication Coordinator & Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
293-1800 ext 2300 
[email protected]

Mary Torcello, Asst. District Clerk & Confidential Secretary

Mary Torcello
Assistant District Clerk & Confidential Secretary for District Office
293-1800 ext 2305 
[email protected]

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