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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


Voting Results for May 16, 2017

Voting for Chatham Central School District's annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election was held May 16, 2017, 9:00am-9:00pm in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gym.

Proposition #1 - Capital Reserve Fund 3 PASSED: 350 Yes - 127 No

Proposition #2 - Repair Reserve PASSED: 382 Yes - 97 No

Proposition #3 - Student Representative on the Board of Ed. PASSED: 415 Yes - 63 No     

Voters also elected Winnie Hoffman Legere (392 votes), Dawn-Marie Blasl (385 votes), and Rachel Galvin (365 votes) to three-year terms on the Board of Education, starting July 1, 2017 and running through June 30, 2020.

Thank you to all who voted.

Board Adopts Proposed 2017-18 Budget

The evening of April 10th, the Board of Education adopted a budget proposal from the 2017-18 school year. The budget totals $30,836,975 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.3 percent, which is under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget is up a total of $294,559, a 0.96% percent increase from the current year’s budget.

2017-18 Budget Documents

2017-18 Budget Development Presentations

Property Tax Cap Information

Contrary to popular belief, the NYS property tax cap does not cap tax increases at 2%. Instead, public schools in NY must use a state formula each year to determine how much they can increase their tax levies by without having to seek a higher percentage of voter approval for the budget. This threshold may be different each year, and must be determined by the District and submitted to the state by March 1st.

For 2017, Chatham's tax cap was calculated at 1.496%.

If the year-to-year increase of the District's tax levy (portion of the school budget funded by property tax) is at or below the number determined by the cap, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter approval is needed to pass the budget. If the District puts before voters a budget that carries a tax levy increase above the cap, a super majority (60%) of voter approval is needed for the budget to pass.

More information on the NYS Property Tax Cap as it pertains to public schools is available through the links below.

Board of Education Election

Three candidates ran for three open seats on the Board of Education. The three candidates will each fill a 3-year term commencing July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020.

The candidates who appeared on the 2017 ballot:
Winnie Hoffman Legere
Dawn-Marie Blasl
Rachel Galvin

Capital Reserve Fund

Proposition #1 on the ballot would create a Capital Reserve Fund to assist the District in financing future construction projects. The maximum amount of money the District could place in the fund would be a total of $4,574,179 over a ten-year period.

A Capital Reserve Fund is similar to a savings account and helps our school plan for long-term needs with little impact on the general budget. The District can use it to set aside money only for future building and grounds improvements. Voter approval is required to create the fund.

Money for the Capital Reserve Fund would primarily come from areas where budgeted expenses prove to be less than projected. If there is excess money left at the end of the school year, the District may put it in the Capital Reserve Fund. Before the District can spend any money in the Capital Reserve Fund, it must receive voter approval.
The District would provide details on such spending and residents would decide on it in future budget votes or possibly a capital referendum.

The District completed a state-mandated building condition survey in 2015 and anticipates the need for capital work (construction and maintenance) to keep our facilities properly maintained and updated, as well as renovations to benefit our educational program.

With voter approval, the District created a Capital Reserve Fund in 2008 that currently holds $2,084,472 and a second Capital Reserve Fund in 2015 that holds $2,000,000. Both accounts have reached their maximum limits and the District can no longer add to these funds. Projected capital work costs are greater than what the District currently has in these capital reserves, and therefore the District is seeking an additional Capital Reserve Fund.

Repair Reserve

Proposition #2 on the ballot allows the District to set aside up to $100,000 in a reserve account to pay for repairs to facilities or equipment. The District would use this money to pay for repairs that are not eligible for state aid and do not occur on an annual basis. The Board of Education has created the Repair Reserve as part of its reserve plan. In order to place money in this account, the Board must seek voter approval. In order to spend any money from this account, the Board must hold a public hearing, except in an instance where emergency repairs are necessary.

Student Representative

Proposition #3 on the ballot allows a Chatham High School student to be appointed to the Board of Education. The student representative serves a one-year term as a non-voting member and acts as a liaison between the student body and the Board of Education.
This provision was first approved by voters in 2009 and a student representative currently sits on the Board. Education Law requires the District to seek voter approval of this provision every two years. The current voter approved provision will expire June 30, 2017.

Information about the Current Year's School Budget

2016-2017 Budget Information

Budget Information from Previous Years

2015-2016 Budget Information
2014-2015 Budget Information
2013-2014 Budget Information
2012-2013 Budget Information
2011-2012 Budget Information
2010-2011 Budget Information
2009-2010 Budget Information

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