Budget vote to be held May 21

At its April 23 regular meeting, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education adopted the proposed 2019-20 school year budget. Residents will vote on the budget from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 21 at all district polling locations.

The $91,227,073 proposed budget, which is below the district’s legal tax cap limit, preserves all district programs, with a tax levy increase that is less than one percent from the adopted 2018-19 budget.

Board of Education candidates

Residents will also will also elect three members to the Board of Education for three-year terms, and two members to the Board of Education for one-year terms. 

The Board candidates, in ballot order, are:

Wendy Galligan-Weiner
Jennifer Holmes
Helen Jersey
Lori Orestano-James
Stacey Sharoff

Learn more about the 2019-20 Board of Education candidates 

Residents will also consider two additional propositions

  • Proposition 2, or the “Classroom 2020: Phase II” capital improvement project, would finance the needs throughout the district, including extensive renovations at all elementary schools, reopening the Cornelius Duggan Elementary School (pending NYSED approval) and critical repairs to the St. John’s Street Education Center. The Classroom 2020: Phase II capital improvement project is expected to have an anticipated annual maximum tax impact of $2 per $1k in assessed home value.


  • Proposition 3 would authorize the creation of a $10 million capital reserve fund, similar to a savings fund, that would be accumulated over a ten year time period using unexpended funds from the fund balance and/or capital reserves. The creation of this fund would not impact taxes, and could be used in the future, with voter approval, to finance necessary repairs. 

Learn more about reserve funds. 

Voter Information


In order to vote in any Monticello Central School District election, voters must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Eighteen years of age or over on the date of the vote.
  • A resident within the Monticello School District for a period of at least 30 days immediately preceding the voting. (April 22, 2019)
  • Registered to vote.

How to Register

The last day to register to vote in the May 21 election is May 14, 2019. Those who are not registered to vote may register at any of the schools within the district as well as the district office. Go to the building secretary in the main office of any of the schools or to the school district clerk with the following documentation:

  • Picture ID
  •  Proof of address
  • Document to prove 30-day residency (for example, utility bill)

Locations for voter registration:

  • Emma C. Chase Elementary School, 28 Pennsylvania Ave., Wurtsboro (polling site)
  • George L. Cook Elementary School, 69 Richardson Ave., Monticello
  • Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, 26 Patricia Place, Monticello
  • Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, 45 Breakey Ave., Monticello (polling site)
  • Monticello High School, 39 Breakey Ave., Monticello
  • Administrative Office, 237 Forestburgh Road, Monticello

Office hours at the middle and high school are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and at the district office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Voter Registration Day

There is also a Voter Registration Day scheduled for May 14, 2019 at all polling sites from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling sites:

  • RJK Middle School
  • Chase Elementary
  • Duggan Elementary
  • Rock Hill Fire Department
  • Forestburgh Town Hall

Voting by Absentee Ballot:

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained at the office of the School District Clerk in the Administration Building during school business hours Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; completed application must be received by the School District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election (May 14, 2019) if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election (May 20, 2019), if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.  Absentee ballots must be received in the office of the School District Clerk no later than 5 p.m., prevailing time, on May 21, 2019.

There are three ways to request an application:

–          Download the application online

–          Call for an application: (845) 794-7700 ext. 70523

–          Request by mail:

Monticello Central School District
School District Clerk
237 Forestburgh Road
Monticello, NY 12701

Voting Locations

Thompson – District #1
Robert J. Kaiser Middle School
45 Breakey Avenue, Monticello, NY 12701

Bethel – District #2
Duggan Community Center
3460 Route 55, White Lake, NY 12786

Mamakating – District #3
Emma C. Chase School
28 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wurtsboro, NY 12790

Rock Hill – District #4
Rock Hill Fire Department
61 Glen Wild Rd, Rock Hill, NY 12775

Forestburgh – District #5
Forestburgh Town Hall
332 King Rd, Forestburgh, NY 12777

For more information about voting in school elections, please call (845) 794-7700 ext. 70523 or email District Clerk Janet Montes at jmontes@k12mcsd.net