Board of Education adopts proposed 2023-24 school budget

Plan maintains programs, services, staffing; provides added learning opportunities, supports for students

During its regular meeting on April 4, the Watervliet Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a proposed $37,759,000 budget for the 2023-24 school year.

The school budget proposal represents a $4 million, or 12%, increase compared with the current-year budget. The spending plan will allow the district to maintain all personnel, programs and services, and will provide additional supports and learning opportunities for students. A projected increase in state foundation aid of $4.4 million will help offset the spending increase.

Under this proposal, the tax levy would increase an estimated 2.13% which is well below the district’s maximum allowable limit. Because the tax levy increase remains below the district’s allowable limit of 3.68% as determined by the state’s tax “cap” formula, a simple majority of voters (50% + 1) is needed to pass the budget.

Residents will vote on the proposed 2023-24 school budget on Tuesday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at one of two polling locations: the Watervliet Elementary School or the Watervliet Elks Club.

When residents vote on the proposed budget, they will also consider a referendum that would authorize the district to lease a 24-passenger school bus for 5 years at an approximate cost of $76,000. Approval of the mini-bus lease would allow the district to provide more cost efficient transportation for displaced students or learners with out-of-district placements.

Board of Education election

On May 16, voters will elect two members to the Watervliet Board of Education to serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2023. Interested candidates should contact District Clerk Bernadette Boardman at 518-629-3201 to request a candidate nominating petition, which must be completed and submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. More information about school board candidacy

Public Hearing

All are welcome to attend a public hearing on the proposed 2023-24 budget that will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Don Stevens, Superintendent of Schools.

Remember to check the budget tab on our website for more information and updates as we move closer to the May 16 budget vote and school board election.