Best wishes for a New Year filled with hope and possibilities. For us, January means discussions, planning and budgeting for the 2020-21 school year. We have been working with building administrators and department directors to draft a responsible preliminary budget. Meetings will continue throughout January and a preliminary budget for the 2020-21 school year will be shared at upcoming Board of Education meetings during February and March.
The budget is divided into four parts:
1. February 11, 2020: Buildings and Grounds, Security, Debt Services, Transportation, Athletics and Interfund Transfers
2. February 25, 2020: BOCES, Curriculum and Instruction, Central Services
3. March 10, 2020: Personnel, Special Items
4. March 24, 2020: Revenue Estimates
The proposed budget will be reviewed by the Board with potential adoption in April, ahead of the May 19, 2020, budget vote. All Board of Education meetings are held in the Board of Education meeting room in District Office at 139 Fairbanks Road at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.
Since September, a committee comprised of parents, community and staff have been researching the feasibility of implementing a pre-kindergarten program at each of our elementary schools. Initial program design would include the allocation of one classroom at each elementary school which would house a morning and afternoon session. Given that our district does not meet state poverty requirements to apply for State grant funding, we are currently researching other grant opportunities to support this program. We hope that you will participate in an upcoming survey in early January to respond to the committee’s questions and provide us with input regarding your childcare needs.
In closing, I invite you to attend our upcoming concerts in January, which can be found on the back of this newsletter. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Superintendent of Schools