2018-19 Budget Additions

The proposed 2018-19 school budget contains additions in the four areas outlined below. The community will vote on the school budget on Tuesday, May 15, at Niskayuna High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Additions in the Proposed 2018-19 Budget

Social and Emotional Support for Students

  • Two additional elementary social worker positions (results in dedicated social worker/counseling support in each school, 2.0 FTE)
  • School-based mental health clinic at a district elementary through BOCES/Parsons partnership
  • Additional middle school assistant principal position (one full-time AP in each school)
  • Increased funding for behavioral specialist support on a contractual basis (Increase capacity and develop proactive strategies)

Support for Students with Disabilities

  • New Communication and Skills Development Special Education Class
    (Teacher and related service area staffing, 4.13 FTE overall)
  • High School CDOS Program (End of grant, teaching, social worker, teaching assistant and speech staffing incorporated in general fund, 2.8 FTE overall)

Class Size Management

  • One additional kindergarten section to continue flex zone implementation (One classroom teacher plus special area teaching staff, 1.14 FTE overall)
  • Increased teaching staff to manage class size in grades 6-8 at Van Antwerp (4.25 FTE across subject areas)

Other Necessary Additions

  • Increase music director 0.2 FTE (reflects transition from an acting music director)
  • Funding for a full-time, district transportation director (Currently contracted, 1.0 FTE) and a part-time utility worker (.5 FTE)

*FTE = Full-Time Equivalent