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2015-2016 School Budget Information

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Watervliet community approves 2015-16 school budget proposal

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $25.89 million budget for the 2015-16 school year by a margin of 66 percent, or 96 yes votes and 50 no votes. Read more

Two candidates are running for open seats on the Watervliet City School District Board of Education

There are two candidates running for two open seats on the Board of Education. The candidates are Jeffrey Shellenberger and Heather Soroka. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes on May 19 will immediately take the seat occupied currently by Christopher Daus who was appointed to the Board last September to fill a vacancy. The candidate with the second highest vote total will be sworn in at the July Board of Education meeting. Each candidate is elected to serve a three-year, unpaid term that expires June 30, 2018. Learn more about the two candidates running for the Board

Poll workers needed for the Watervliet City School District budget vote

The Watervliet City School District is in need of eligible residents to work the upcoming school budget vote and Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 19. Three shifts are available during the day or evening hours. Poll workers will be paid $8.75 per hour. If you are interested, please complete and submit an application. Download application

Watervliet Board of Education adopts proposed 2015-16 school budget; community to vote on plan Tuesday, May 19

On Tuesday, April 21, the Watervliet Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a proposed $25,893,000 budget for the 2015-16 school year. The budget preserves all current academic programming and keeps the proposed tax levy increase to 1.9 percent which is slightly below the maximum allowable increase under the state’s property tax law. Read more

NYS budget plan approved, district receives school aid information

The Division of Budget yesterday released state aid runs for school districts across the state as lawmakers raced the clock to finalize the New York State budget. Under the approved state spending plan, Watervliet will receive a projected 11.2 percent increase in state aid in the 2015-2016 school year. More than half of the increase, $1.06 million – or 57 percent – is in building aid, which can only be applied toward payment of the recently completed construction and renovations project. More information

NYS Budget agreement reached, schools await release of aid runs

Capital New York and other news media are reporting today that lawmakers have reached a deal on the framework for a state budget. Some questions linger regarding the amount of state aid that will be allocated to schools and how it will be distributed. Read More

Community invited to March 28 Budget Breakfast Workshop

The Watervliet Board of Education invites community members, parents, staff and students to a budget breakfast and workshop this Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. in the WJSHS cafeteria. Enjoy light breakfast fare, prepared by the high school gourmet foods class, as district leaders provide an update on the district’s 2015-16 budget development process. The workshop offers an opportunity for the community to discuss the budget in an informal setting, ask questions and share ideas.

Watervliet superintendent and student headline regional education forum

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Caplan and Watervliet High School senior Theresa DeChiaro addressed an overflow crowd at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Feb. 26, calling on Gov. Cuomo to stop playing politics and do what is best for New York’s students by fixing the state’s broken school funding system. Read more

School Board nominating petitions available

Watervliet residents who are interested in running for the Board of Education may pick up a nominating petition packet from the District Office. Two of the five school board seats will be up for election this year. More information

Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year

In January, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive. Learn more and contact our elected officials to urge them to continue to make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session

Gov. Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase in exchange for education reforms, no mention of the GEA

Under the Executive Budget Proposal outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 21, state funding for schools would increase by $1.1 billion next year – if state lawmakers go along with a series of education reforms that he described as “ambitious” in his combined budget address and State of the State message. Read more

The New York State Property Tax Freeze credit

New York’s Property Tax Freeze Credit was signed into law in April 2014 as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget. What is it and how do eligible Watervliet homeowners receive it? Download fact sheet

Watervliet community passes 2014-15 school budget proposal

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $24.95 million budget for the 2014-15 school year by a margin of 69 percent, or 222 yes votes to 100 no votes. Residents re-elected current WCSD Board President Mark Scully to another 3-year term on the Board of Education with 262 votes. Receiving 240 votes, Michael Hartkern was elected to fill the other open seat after board member Jeffrey Clermont decided not to seek re-election. Read more


Other budget resources

Watch and learn about the GEA and its impact on our schools

Learn about the Gap Elimination Adjustment and its impact on our schools. More information Watch a short video that explains the GEA in easy-to-understand terms.

NY's tax "cap" law

As school districts head into the third year of the tax levy limit, some questions remain about New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” and how it works. A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information

Budget Fact Sheets (pdf)

bullet graphic New York State's Tax Levy Cap School mandates and mandate relief in NYS The Gap Elimination Adjustment Public employee pensions in NYS Understanding New York's STAR program Understanding your school tax bill


Comparing property taxes

Interested in seeing how Watervliet school and other taxes compare to surrounding districts and municipalities? The SeeThroughNY website has a benchmarking tool that allows visitors to calculate and compare property taxes by location.


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Budget presentations

Budget Workshop #1
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm, WES PTA meeting

Budget Workshop #2
Thursday, March 19, 6pm (prior to BOE meeting) WJSHS

Budget Workshop #3
Saturday, March 28, 9 am Budget Breakfast WJSHS

Public Budget Hearing
Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

5.19.15 Budget Vote 12-9 pm
          BOE Special Meeting, 9 pm


Budget Statement and required Attachments

New York State requires that all school districts make certain information available to the public. Hard copies of the documents will be available at the district office, in the main office of each school building and at the Watervliet Public Library. Files listed below are also available for download.

2015-16 Budget Newsletter

2015-16 Budget Book


2015-16 Budget Document

2015-16 Administrative Compensation form

2015-16 Tax Exemption Report

2015-16 Property Tax Report Card

2013-14 School Report Card

Voting information

Looking for information on absentee ballots, polling locations and voter registration? READ MORE

2014-15 Budget summary

Budget: $24,954,000

Total Spending Increase:
6.1% (includes debt service for facilities improvement project)

Tax Levy Increase:
2.6% or $


2014-15 budget newsletter and other information. read more

Advocacy toolkit

Looking for information about how best to advocate four your schools?

visit our advocacy web page for Tips including A sample email and contact information for elected officials


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School Budget Archives

2014-15 Budget Information

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2013-14 Budget Information

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2012-13 Budget Information

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2011-12 Budget Information

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2010-11 Budget Information

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2009-2010 Budget Information


2008-2009 budget information