2024-25 Proposed Budget

2024-25 Budget Information

Niskayuna Central School District residents will vote on the 2024-25 budget on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Niskayuna High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Niskayuna voters will soon decide on a proposed $110.7 million budget for the 2024-25 school year. If approved, the proposed spending plan will continue all existing services and programs and offer $1.7 million in new investments, which will result in the creation of 17.5 new full-time equivalent positions.

This year’s budget focuses on providing alternative education programming at Niskayuna High School, continued expansion of our Special Education Continuum, increasing capacity for a greater number of students in need of support and opportunities in our community while orchestrating a smooth transition at the conclusion of the federal COVID-19 grant era.

Voters will be asked to consider two additional propositions. The first proposes the purchase of nine new buses, two of which are electric vehicles. The second asks taxpayers for permission to create an additional capital reserve fund, which would give the district more flexibility to fund facilities projects. 

Voters will also choose from candidates vying for two open seats on the Board of Education.

The 2024-25 budget proposal calls for a tax levy increase of 2%, which is below the state designated tax cap. 

The BOE budget hearing will take place on May 7, 2024 at Van Antwerp Middle School (1239 Van Antwerp Rd. Niskayuna, NY 12309) at 6 p.m.

2023-24 Budget Information

On Tuesday, May 16 Niskayuna Central School District voters approved the 2023-24 school budget, with 1,484 casting votes in favor of the $107.8 million spending plan and 611 opposed.

Voters also approved the bus purchase proposition by a vote of 1,528 to 558.

Jessica LaFex and Sarah Tishler were elected to a first term on the Board of Education.

The results, announced at Niskayuna High School shortly after polls closed, showed 71% percent of voters supported the budget.

The budget called for a tax levy increase of 2.34%, which is below the district’s tax cap for next year. The budget proposal continues all current student programs and staff in the General Fund as well as nearly $4 million in new investments in education in our school district.

New investments were guided by eight budget priorities that focused broadly on expanding educational access and opportunity, support for students and learning, and district operational needs, including facilities upkeep. Investing in student, faculty and staff support in particular were major community budget priorities identified through an online budget dialogue on the ThoughtExchange platform.