School Board adopts proposed 2019-20 budget

Budget vote is May 21 at Niskayuna High School

At meeting on Tuesday, April 9, Board of Education adopted a proposed 2019-20 budget that continues all current student programs and includes additions to increase student support, manage class sizes, and expand capacity in priority areas. Budget additions are listed below.

Total spending in the proposed budget is $87,468,474. The tax levy increase is 2.35 percent, which is below the district’s cap of 2.50 percent for next year.

The school budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at Niskayuna High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The community will also vote on a bus purchase proposition and elect three Board of Education members that day. Board candidates will be announced after the April 22 deadline for returning candidate petitions.

The annual budget newsletter will be mailed to all residents in late April, and a series of community and PTO budget presentations are scheduled for early May. View the schedule.

“As we planned for next year, our focus was squarely on using available revenue to meet demonstrated student needs and make targeted investments to build capacity in areas critical to moving forward,” said Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.

Additions Funded in the Proposed Budget

  • Restoration of a full-time library media specialist at each middle school
  • Additional middle school social worker (resulting in at least one full-time social worker at all schools)
  • High School alternative education teacher coordinator
  • Three elementary class sections to continue class size management plan phase-in
    Increased elementary special subject area teaching staff based on three additional based on the three additional sections,  moving to a full-time music teacher in each school and increasing kindergarten music to twice/week.
  • Dedicated social worker for the Intensive Management Needs self-contained special education program at Birchwood
  • A New Communication Class at Hillside for students on the Autism spectrum at Hillside (reallocation of existing staffing)
  • Increased special education teaching staff (1.5 FTE) based on student programming needs and to provide intervention when possible
  • A 0.3 FTE (full-time equivalent) increase in English as a New Language teaching staff
  • A full-time athletic trainer
  • A half-time IT director, network technician & systems technician (contracted)
  • An additional groundskeeper
  • Two O&M pickup trucks
  • New bus video camera system
  • Increased funding for IT contractual expenses for PA repairs and to support for other systems