School districts that must get voter approval for their budgets are now completing them and your hometown news should be reporting on them.
We are trying to keep track of the sacrifices district employees are making as well as the layoffs impacting schools statewide. If your union has agreed to delaying raises or increasing contributions toward healthcare or forgoing stipends and you haven’t seen your district noted in the roundup articles in NYSUT United, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment. Especially if you don’t have coverage by a hometown publication, send us what you can.
News is also coming out about districts that are tapping funds that have an excess of employee benefit funds. Here’s two in this region who had some hefty help from this possible source. Take warning of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s statement that “Even with the use of these funds, school districts still have painful choices. And using up reserves now could put school districts in a precarious position next year.” Let us know if your district taps into that reserve.
Here’s a timeline about budget votes. (Remember districts can, and do, complete their budgets before the dates you will see below. The dates below are the latest the task can be done. Also , New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers school funding does not go before voters.)
April 25 District must transmit their property tax report card to the State Education Department by this day.
April 26-May 3 Districts must complete their budget seven days vefore public hearing.
May 3-10 Public hearings on budgets must be held from seven to 14 days before the May 17 vote.
May 3-17 Copies of the budget must be available to residents upon request.
May 11 Deadline for mailing a budget notice.
May 17 Residents vote on budgets and elect school board members.