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2017-2018 School Budget Information


Voters approve school budget

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the $26.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year with 277 yes votes to 75 no votes. Mary Beth Whited and Steven Hoffman were elected to the Board of Education. Read more


Four candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Education

Four candidates are in the running for two open seats on the Watervliet Board of Education. The two candidates receiving the highest vote totals will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Candidates are listed in the order their names will appear on the ballot: Christine Sutherland, Steven N. Hoffman, Shawn Smeltzer, and Mary Beth Whited. More about the candidates


Board of Education adopts $26.7 million proposed budget for 2017-18 school year

On Wednesday, April 12, the Watervliet Board of Education unanimously adopted a $26,692,000 budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The proposed budget will be presented for public vote on Tuesday, May 16. More information


State budget limbo creates uncertainty as district officials continue to crunch numbers on 2017-18 school budget

With the clock ticking down on the deadline for the Board of Education to adopt its proposed school budget for the 2017-18 school year, Watervliet City School District officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the legislature will reach agreement on the state's budget. Read more


Community invited to April 8 Budget Breakfast

The Watervliet Board of Education invites community members, parents, staff and students to a budget breakfast this Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. in the WJSHS conference room. Enjoy light breakfast fare, prepared by the high school foods class as district leaders provide an update on the district’s 2017-18 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 Public Library proposition to appear on May 16 ballot

Watervliet City School District residents will see a separate proposition for funding to support the local library on the May 16 school budget ballot. The Watervliet Public Library Board of Trustees recently notified district officials about the proposition, which asks voters to authorize the school district to levy a tax of $150,000 to support the library’s programs and services. It is important to note that library funding and school budget are completely separate propositions. More information


Budget workshop #2 moved to March 21

The second budget workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at the Watervliet Elementary School PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.


Interested in serving on the Watervliet school board?

Nominating petitions are available for two open seats on the Watervliet CSD Board of Education. The board seats will be on the ballot during the annual school budget vote on Tuesday, May 16. Candidates who are interested in running for a three-year term on the board can pick up a petition at the district office, 1245 Hillside Drive (Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School). Candidates are required to submit a petition with 100 original signatures no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. More information Download a nominating petition


Governor outlines proposed school aid in Executive Budget Proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. Read more



Other resources


Fundamentals of developing the school budget

Learn the ABCs of school budget development in less than 3 minutes by watching the video clip below:



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.


Quick links heading

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
School Budget Vote, Board of Education Election
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

See a Sample Ballot

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.

2017-18 Budget Newsletter

2017-18 Budget Document

The 2017-18 proposed budget statement contains the following documents: Budget Notice;
3-Part Budget; 2017-2018 Budget; Property Tax Report Card & Exemption Reports for Watervliet & Colonie; Administrative Compensation Disclosure; School Accountability Summary; School District Report Card. (This is a large file; if you are unable to access it on your computer, the book is available at the Superintendent's Office, Business Office, WES Main Office and the Watervliet Public Library.)


Voting information

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

2017-18 Budget presentations

Budget Workshop #1
Feb. 9, 2017, 6 p.m., Board of Education meeting,

Budget Workshop #2
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. PTA Meeting

Budget Workshop #3
Saturday, April 8 Budget Breakfast, 9 a.m.

Board of Education meeting
2017-18 Budget Adoption
Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

Public Budget Hearing
Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

2016-17 Budget summary

Budget: $26,162,000

Total Spending Increase: 1.04%

Tax Levy Increase: 0.24%


2016-17 budget newsletter and other information. read more

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2015-16 Budget Information

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2014-15 Budget Information

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2013-14 Budget Information

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