Increasing opportunities for students and supporting district priorities such as mental health, ELA, Math and curriculum development is the focus of the 2019-20 school budget.

The budget raises the tax levy by 2.85%. New York’s Property Tax Cap law allows the levy to increase by 4.3% but the district wanted to reduce the impact on taxpayers. The budget totals $25,041,458.

The school budget vote will be held Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the High School gym.

“School districts have primarily two sources of revenue, state aid and property taxes,” said Superintendent Jason Chevrier. “We will receive about $38,000 more in Foundation Aid next year. We continue to look at creative ways to enhance programs to minimize the burden on our taxpayers. I am proud of this budget and the opportunities it provides our students.”

New student opportunities include more extracurricular activities and an Innovative Learning Lab at Castleton Elementary School that will engage K-6 students in hands-on, collaborative projects.

Student mental health and wellness is supported by increasing the CES counselor position to full-time and adding professional development and resources for all grades.

Castleton Elementary School will strengthen its ELA program with more resources for classroom libraries and funding for professional development as the school looks to improve its curriculum.

Math support increases with an additional 0.5 full time equivalency for AIS (Academic Intervention Services) for elementary students and more math curriculum materials for Gr. 7 and 8.

The district’s curriculum will be enhanced with resources to better articulate and organize the curriculum writing process.

Voters will also decide on two propositions, one to purchase two school buses as a part of the district’s long-term bus replacement plan and one to allow a high school student to serve as a non-voting member on the Board of Education.

If you have a question, please contact the District Office at 518-732-2297.