Budget

Board adopts $91.27 million budget that decreases property tax levy by 2.06%

At its April 20 meeting, the Monticello Central School District Board of Education adopted a proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year. The $91,266,606 spending plan is a decrease of $1,420,266 from the rollover budget initially proposed earlier this year, and decreases the property tax levy by 2.06% 

Budget overview

Given the unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators created a budget and expenditure list based upon a three-year average of data, rather than relying solely on data from the unprecedented last year and a half. The proposed budget preserves all existing positions, adds new custodial equipment and a truck, increases professional development, and adds additional positions to support student and district success, including a teacher aide, school district accountant, three teaching assistants, a security attendant and social worker.

Less than half of proposed budget is funded by property taxes

The proposed budget is an increase of $733,581 from the adopted 2019-20 budget, however, an 8.39% increase in state aid enabled the district to reduce the property tax levy by 2.06%

“We have worked diligently since 2015 to progressively shrink the portion of the budget funded by the tax levy, while increasing funding from other sources,” Assistant Superintendent for Business Lisa Failla said. “Less than half of the district’s expenses have been funded by our taxpayers since the 2018-19 school year and we were pleased to be able to continue that trend in this upcoming year.”

Federal stimulus money is not included in annual budget

Although the district expects to receive federal funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), those funds are not included in the proposed budget. This one-time federal relief funding is intended to address specific challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will not be an on-going source of revenue for American school districts. The stimulus money must be placed into a special aid fund that is separate from the general fund.  In order to receive aid, school districts must submit a plan to the New York State Education Department for approval that details precisely how the district intends to utilize the funding in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the federal government. Funds can only be used for specific purposes, including addressing learning loss through targeted interventions such as summer school, mental health support, and upgrades to facilities that improve indoor air quality. At press time, the district has not received confirmation of the amount of aid it can expect to receive. However, once more information is received, the district will continue to update the public as the process continues.  

“While we appreciate this relief, these monies are a one-time infusion of federal dollars that must be expended between now and 2023,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Evans said. “There is a finite period for that expenditure and once that is over, that money is gone, so it would not be prudent to attempt to roll it into our annual budget. We will work diligently, with broad stakeholder input, to create a plan for these funds that best benefits our students and our community.”

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Board of Education Candidates

Board of Education Candidates’ Statements

Budget Legal Notice 

Budget Data

Budget Development Calendar

Budget Hearing 

Budget Newsletter

Budget Presentations

Voter Registration/Absentee Ballots

Voter Registration Day 

Voting Locations 

Board of Education Candidates

Three candidates are running for the three available seats on the board of education. They will appear on the ballot in this order:

  • Timothy Crumley
  • Lynka Rivera
  • Todd Grodin

 

Board of Education Statements

Lynka Rivera

Name: Lynka Rivera

Why I would like to service on the Monticello Central School District Board of Education:

As a Monticello Central School Board candidate, I want to continue to make our excellent school district better. As a mother and community leader, I am proud of our district’s performance and response to current district challenges. I have enjoyed knocking on doors, meeting my fellow community leaders, and engaging in meaningful dialog about the direction for our schools. I’ve spoken with mothers, fathers and students who have attended or currently attend our school to provide myself with a broader understanding of our community’s concerns. I want to help guide the Board’s goals for the up-and-coming school year.

With 15+ years in Business Administration and Human Resources, I hope to contribute my background and experience in finance and community leadership to the collective sum of the talent that already exists on the Board. Together, we can continue to achieve cooperation and excellence that greatly benefit all students. That is to various community programs I am a part of; I have a deeper understanding of our district’s impact on the community. The Athlete of the Month Program, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and Key Club program are great examples of programs I am honored to have been a part of. Being a Monticello Central School graduate myself has made my involvement with these programs extra special. As a Rotarian, we value service above self. What better way to serve my community and better our children’s future than to support their needs in being elected for one of the most prestigious roles as a parent and community leader.

Timothy Crumley

Name: Timothy Crumley

Why I would like to service on the Monticello Central School District Board of Education:

To help guide our district to a place where we are the favored school district in the county.

Todd Grodin

Name: Todd Grodin

Why I would like to service on the Monticello Central School District Board of Education: 

I, Todd Grodin, am seeking re-election on the Monticello Central School District School Board of Education for 2021.

I am a life-long resident of the Monticello School District.  I live with my wife Kathryn and our Monticello soon-to-graduate Lauryn.  I graduated from Monticello in 1988 and am extremely proud of the district’s accomplishments and upcoming plans to build further.
Over the last three years, my work on the board has been to revitalize our school district through being fiscally shrewd, increasing morale with personnel enhancements, and focussing on maximizing the physical plant of not just the five-campus buildings but the bus garage and the central office and its atmosphere as well.
Interfacing with The ECG group in Long Island, and the lobbying for that energy saving company’s help to guide us, has redone roofs on our buildings, placed solar panels on Chase Elementary and now will have every light replaced with LED lights throughout the district.  This sweeping move projected to save our district over half of a million dollars over the upcoming years is an accomplishment I am extremely proud.
Monticello is unique in that we have frugally positioned ourselves.  We did this to withstand huge financial setbacks from the state budget deficits with our Assistant Superintendent of Business while fighting to retain our quality teachers and administrators.
So I may maintain my edge as the duly elected official, I have also leveled up to the honor bestowed upon by NYSSBA’s governing arm to that of Tier III school board member.  I earned that by staying abreast of the latest educational events and attending many NYSSBA law and academic conferences.
This year has proven to be quite challenging.  We’re not out of the dark yet.  It is my hope to help my constituents for another three years so that I may be their voice at the table to represent the changes they seek for the district.  Thank you.

Budget Data

 

Budget Development Calendar 

November 5, 2020: Present budget calendar to Board of Education
November 16, 2020: Principal’s meeting to discuss budget guidelines
November 19, 2020: BOE meeting – Board approves 2021-22 budget calendar for adoption with enrollment trends (2013- present)
November 20, 2020: Distribute budget calendar to Administrators and schedule dates for individual budget meetings with Assistant Superintedent for Business Lisa Failla, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Linda Oehler-Marx and Director of Pupil Personnel Services Tanya Duryea
December 18, 2020: Staffing recommendations from Principals & Directors
January 11, 2021: Staffing discussion at Principal’s meeting
January 19-22, 2021: Individual budget meetings between Central Office and Plant Operations, Transportation, Security & Technology.
February 4, 2021: BoE Meeting – Topic: Preliminary Budget Forecast, Rollover budget, Assumptions & Tax Levy Limit
February 1-5, 2021: Individual budget meetings with Central Office and Building Principals & Athletics
February 12, 2021: Proposed staffing recommendations for 2021-22 completed
February 18, 2021: BoE Meeting – Topic: Plant Operations, Transportation, Security & Technology (Completed budgets due to Business Office by February 3, 2021)
February 16-19, 2021: Individual budget meetings with Central Office and PPS, Curriculum & Instruction, Special Programs and BOCES
March 1, 2021: Submission of Tax Cap Calculation Information and District’s Calculation of Tax Levy limit to OSC, NYSED, NYS Taxation and Finance
March 4, 2021: BoE Meeting – Topic: Building Principal budgets with enrollment projections and Athletics. (Completed budgets due to Business Office by February 17, 2021)
March 18, 2021: BoE Meeting – Topic: Curriculum/Staff Development, PPS, Special Programs, and BOCES (Completed budgets due to Business Office by March 3, 2021)
March 30, 2021: First legal notice of school budget hearing and budget, must advertise 4 times.
April 19, 2021: Deadline for submission of voter initiated propositions to be placed on the ballot (45 days before the election)
April 6, 2021: BoE Meeting – Instructional & Support Staffing, Benefits & District wide expenditures. Finalize budget proposal.(Complete budgets due to Business Office by March 17, 2021)
April 19, 2021: Deadline for submission of petitions for BOE candidates to be placed on the ballot. (30 days prior to budget vote)
April 19, 2021: Inform candidates of legal requirement for all candidates for election to BOE to sworn statement of campaign expenses.
April 19, 2021: Prepare absentee ballot applications, absentee ballot, related envelopes, and directions.
April 20, 2021: BoE Meeting & Budget Adoption by the Board of Education
April 20, 2021: Drawing by District Clerk for determination of order of
candidates on ballot.
April 21, 2021: Property Tax Report card due to SED and to official newspaper (end of next business day after budget adoption)
April 23, 2021: FINAL legal date for budget adoption by Board of Education
April 29, 2021: 3-part budget document with required attachments made available upon request and distributed in various locations (at least 7 days before Budget Hearing and not less than 14 days before the Annual Budget Vote).
May 6, 2021: Budget hearing – 3 part budget document with required attachments available.
May 11, 2021: Voter Registration Day
May 12, 2021: 6-day notice mailed to eligible voters
May 12, 2021: Sworn statement by candidates for election to BOE received by District Clerk.
May 17, 2021: District Clerk must maintain a list of names of those residents who were given absentee ballots.
May 18, 2021: Annual meeting and budget vote.
June 8, 2021: Sworn statement by candidates for election to BOE received by District Clerk.

Additional meeting dates with budget builders and the Board of Education may be added at a later date.

If budget is defeated

May 27, 2021: Budget document: 3 part statement with required attachments made available upon request, at each school building, at district office, free library, and on district’s website at least 7 days before hearing and 14 days before the budget revote.
June 1, 2021: Publish legal notice for budget revote one each week in the 2 weeks before revote day, first publication 14 days before revote
June 3, 2021: Budget Hearing (7 – 14 days before budget revote day) 3 – part budget statement must be available at hearing.
June 9, 2021: Budget notice mailed to eligible voters
June 15, 2021: Statewide budget revote day

Budget Hearing 

A budget hearing was held on May 6. Watch the recording of this meeting:

 

Budget Newsletter 

A budget newsletter is mailed to every district address. A digital copy is also available. 

Budget Presentations

As the budget planning process progresses, the district will share presentations during specific regular Board meetings. Board meetings are live streamed to the public on the district’s YouTube channel. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.  A list of these presentation dates is below; and the presentations will be linked below as they are completed. 

January 7: The budget process and overview

Powerpoint file (.pdf)

February 4: The financial cliff 

 

Powerpoint file (.pdf)

February 18: Plant Ops, Security and Transportation 

Powerpoint file (.pdf)

March 4: School Buildings and Athletics

Powerpoint file (.pdf)

March 18:

Powerpoint file

April 6:

Powerpoint Presentation

April 20: 

Powerpoint presentation

 

Voter Registration/Absentee Ballots

For more information about voting in school elections, including how to register and how to request an absentee ballot, please visit the Voting in School Elections webpage.

Voter Registration Day

The district will hold a Voter Registration Day on May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Cornelius Duggan Community Center and Emma C. Chase Elementary School. 

This is also the last day to register to vote in the 2021-22 school budget election. For more information on eligibility and registration, visit the Voting in School Elections webpage.

Voting Locations 

Thompson/Monticello – 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

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Rock Hill Fire Department and Forestburgh Town Hall, the 2021-22 school budget vote will only take place at district-owned polling locations: Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Duggan Community Center and the Emma C. Chase Elementary School. 

Voters in the Rock Hill and Forestburgh districts will vote at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School. 

If you have a question about where you should vote, call 845-794-7700, ext. 70523