2020-21 School Budget
Monticello residents will vote on a $90,870,000 proposed school budget for the 2020-21 school year and elect three members to the Board of Education. The proposed budget, which includes a 1.89 percent increase in the tax levy is at the district’s tax levy limit of 1.89 percent and is a decrease of $357,073 from the 2019-20 approved budget. In accordance with the governor’s executive order, the vote will be held exclusively by absentee ballot. The district will mail absentee ballots to all qualified voters, and the district clerk must receive all completed ballots by 5 p.m. on June 9.
A district’s budget is comprised of revenue and expenses. Expenses are the costs associated with the running of the district, and revenues are the sources of money that the district utilizes to pay expenses. The two major sources of revenue for any school district are state aid and property taxes.
Typically, districts can rely on a firm state aid package once the state passes its annual budget. However, given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the state took the unprecedented step of adding three “look back” periods in 2020 where state aid could be reduced. In other words, New York State school districts have been tasked with creating an annual budget using state aid calculations that could change as much as 20% after the budget has been approved.
To prepare for this possibility, the district explored every strategy to reduce its expenses without sacrificing student programming or exceeding its tax levy cap. By taking measures such as delaying the purchase of equipment, not replacing positions lost to retirement or resignation and reducing interfund transfers, the district was able to cut $892,714 from its projected rollover budget. If the proposed budget is approved by voters, it will maintain all existing programs that contribute to our students’ success.
What happens if the state reduces its aid package during one of the lookback periods?
If the state reduces its aid package, the district will need to explore additional reductions. While we strive to preserve all student programming and staff, we would likely be unable to do so if our state aid is cut and would need to make difficult decisions to balance the shortfall. To that end, a budget workgroup comprised of educators and other district stakeholders has been established to identify student needs and discuss barriers and opportunities if aid cuts continue.
What happens if the budget does not pass on June 9?
Although the governor has not issued specific guidance on this matter, given typical budget procedure, the only option would be to adopt a contingent budget. Under a contingent budget, the district would need to reduce an additional $1,499,073 and would be prohibited from spending money in certain areas such as pupil supplies (including pens, paper and pencils) and equipment purchases. The district would also be unable to allow the public to use its facilities.
May 26 – Last day to register to vote. Due to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person registration. Online registration is available through the DMV.
May 28, 6 p.m. – Budget Hearing (Remote). Information concerning how to access the budget hearing will be made available as soon as possible. Viewers may submit questions about the budget via email to email@example.com
June 9, 5 p.m. – All absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk
Budget data is available online and is also available as a hard copy at central office.
Due to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person voter registration this year. Online registration is available to qualified voters through the DMV. The last day to register to vote in the June 9 election is May 26.
- Qualified voters must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- 18 years of age
- A district resident for at least 30 days
- Not otherwise ineligible to vote under the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law (e.g. a person who has been adjudged to be mentally incompetent by a court)
Board of Education candidates
Three candidates are running uncontested for three vacant seats on the Board of Education. Read their statements below:
Wendy Galligan-Weiner (Current seat: Wendy Galligan-Weiner)
I want to serve as a member of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education in order to create a shared vision to promote academic achievement for all students through collaboration with students, parents, educators and the community.
Furthermore, and more dear to my heart, is that I was born and raised in Rock Hill, New York and graduated from Monticello High School in 1986, attending both Emma C. Chase Elementary School and Monticello Middle School at St. John Street. I currently have 2 children in the Monticello Central School District. The oldest is a Sophomore in the Monticello High School, while the younger is a 7th grader in the RJK Middle School.
Additionally, I am an active member of the community serving as a volunteer in both youth and adult organizations.
As an elected member of the Monticello Central School District Board of Education, I am hoping to continue to make decisions that will ultimately make a difference and/or create positive change for future generations.
Helen Jersey (Current seat: Helen Jersey)
There are several reasons why I wish to continue to serve as a school board member. I am committed and care about MCSD as a parent and taxpayer. I understand how excellent schools affect civic pride, property values, and the sense of unity in such a diverse place as Monticello. I have a child in the district so I can see the accomplishments and the issues happening daily.
Adrianna Mason Greco (Current seat: Alyce VanEtten)
Education and support are keys to success. I want to serve on the MCSD board to ensure that each student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, enjoy and feel supported throughout their primary and secondary education experience, and be prepared for the future they choose.