- On April 10, 2017 the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education adopted a $158,690,480 budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The proposed budget will be voted on by district residents on May 16.
North Syracuse Central School District Superintendent of Schools Annette Speach said, “The proposed budget clearly honors our district’s mission and works toward the collective vision developed through community input.”
Despite efforts to encourage law makers to pay the district the Foundation Aid it is entitled to, the district will receive over $8.2 million less this year than is required by law.
The Foundation Aid formula distributes funds to school districts based on the cost of providing a sound basic education. In light of Foundation Aid shortfalls and the desire to not increase local school taxes above the tax cap, the district made the decision to balance its budget by using a portion of its fund balance.
State law limits a school district’s fund balance to no more than 4% of their total budget. The North Syracuse Central School District’s fund balance will be approximately 3% as of June 30, 2017.
“By restoring a portion of the co-curricular clubs (NSJHS Science Olympiad participants pictured above) and athletic teams that were cut in 2009, we are truly able to provide educational experiences and opportunities that inspire students to reach their individual potential as productive citizens,” said Superintendent Speach.
“In addition, the visioning work that was recently done throughout our school community clearly establishes our hope to honor diversity, differentiation and to provide collaborative instructional spaces to enhance learning,” she continued.
The addition of staffing to enhance the district’s more inclusive model of providing services to North Syracuse Central School District special needs students also speaks to this and is incorporated into the 2017-18 proposed budget.
“Utilizing fund balance to support the budget is not a sustainable approach in the long-run,” said Donald F.X. Keegan, North Syracuse Central School District’s Associate Superintendent for Business Services.
“We will be continuing our efforts to stress to our legislators and the governor that the Foundation Aid issue must be revisited in order to provide a sound basic education for our students,” he added.
Superintendent Speach expressed the proposed budget’s fiscal responsibility saying, “Our district continues to develop budgets that stay within the expected tax cap for our local community. And by honoring our mission and vision, we are demonstrating our commitment to keep the needs of our students in the forefront.”
2017-2018 Budget Information
The public vote on the 2017-2018 North Syracuse Central School District Budget and the Annual Election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- For residents living NORTH of Route 481, polling will take place at Cicero Elementary School (5979 Route 31) in Cicero
- For residents living SOUTH of Route 481, polling will take place at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse
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If you are not already registered to vote in the North Syracuse Central School District board member election and budget vote, pre-registration is required.
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Qualified voters of the District may obtain an absentee ballot by completing an application with the Office of the District Clerk. For questions regarding voter registration, absentee ballots or polling places, please contact Connie A. Gibson, District Clerk, at 315-218-2131.
Board of Education Candidates
The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the North Syracuse Central School District. The Board is composed of nine members who are elected by district voters to three-year terms. Members receive no salary for serving on the Board. The terms of three Board members expire each June 30.
Budget Public Hearing - May 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse
Copies of the budget can be reviewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) in North Syracuse.
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