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2022-2023 School Budget

Each year, a school budget vote takes place in May in conjunction with the Board of Education Member election. Information about the 2022-2023 budget will be made available on this site as it is developed.  The 2022 school budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


2022 Budget Newsletter

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. Board members may seek re-election at the annual budget vote. This year there are four candidates running for three vacant seats due to the expiration of terms. 

The three candidates ­receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025).
Each Board of Education candidate is responsible for providing information for his or her own biography. The District does not endorse one ­candidate over another and reserves the right to edit biographies for space purposes. Candidate biographies are listed alphabetically below. If submitted, full, unedited bios are provided on this page. 

Robert Allen Crabtree is seeking his fourth term to serve the district. He previously served on the North Syracuse School Board from 2009-15, and presently has been a member since 2019. From 2013-15 he held the office of Vice-President. Mr. Crabtree made contributions to the accomplishments of the Legislative (chair), Budget and Facilities committees. He presently is a member of the Onondaga- Cortland- Madison BOCES School Board representing the North Syracuse Central School District. 

There he has been active for seven years on their Facilities, Audit (Chair), Career and Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Crabtree is also a member of the Onondaga County School Boards Association and the New York School Boards Association. In 2017 he received the Onondaga-Madison School Boards Association School Board Member Achievement A ward. 
Retired in June 2007, Mr. Crabtree taught elementary grade levels for 36 years in the North Syracuse Central School District. He also was an elementary math specialist, elementary math/science curriculum writer and test program supervisor. 

During his tenure he was honored to be named 1988 North Syracuse Teacher of the Year and 1991 Technology Club of Syracuse Outstanding Teacher. Other honors included the STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award and the Post Standard Golden Apple Award. However, his students benefited most from his creative and innovative programs in their classrooms. And for that, Michael Bragman and Al Stirpe honored Mr. Crabtree with three New York State Assembly resolutions.

Mr. Crabtree was instrumental in bringing several innovative programs to the North Syracuse Central School District with the help of many other educators. In science he led an initiative with fellow educators to bring Science Exhibitions to all elementary schools in the district. He was also well known for directing the presidential and governor debates over 20 years with other elementary schools in our district. 

Staff development, cooperative learning, Career Education Advisory Committee, and district planning teams for science and thinking skills were among North Syracuse Central School District groups impacted by Mr. Crabtree's involvement as well as United Way. In 2016 Mr. Crabtree received the North Syracuse Education Association, "Educating the Stars of the Future A ward" for his commitment to our students and schools. 

Today he continues to be involved in community organizations that work directly with youth. As a CNS Optimist member since 1990 he volunteers to help the youth of North Syracuse and serves as an advisor to an Optimist Youth Club at CNS High School. Mr. Crabtree served two terms as president of the CNS Optimist Club, two terms as Lieutenant Governor of the NY Optimist District, and as Governor of the NY/ NE District where he was the leader of 38 clubs.

Passionate about the community he has lived in for 36 years, he continues to be a volunteer . He is an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clay where he was a member of the Church Council for nine years including two as President. He is now the coordinator of its church food pantry. He has been a volunteer for the North Area Meals on Wheels for the last twelve years. In 2012 he received the New York United Teachers Community Service Award and in 2015 he was presented with the "Tony Russo Legacy Award" from the Plank Road Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to our community. 

Mr. Crabtree believes that every child should receive quality education in the North Syracuse Central School District with every program stressing fundamental skills needed for every student to be successful in our ever-changing world. He also believes we need to be innovative in presenting programs where students can achieve their highest present and future career goals. It is his belief that academic courses and extracurricular and athletic programs can be offered to accomplish these student-centered goals while developing a fiscally responsible budget for the taxpayers.

Matthew Hermann is seeking reelection for a second term on the Board of Education where he has served since July, 2019.  He currently serves on the Board’s Legislative Committee. Mr. Hermann has lived in the District for the past 55 years and currently resides in North Syracuse with his wife, Carol Guido. Matthew has three adult children, Jordan, Eric and Sean. 

Mr. Hermann is employed by OCM BOCES as a Senior Network Administrator. He is part of IaaS Group to maintain cloud services for school districts. 

Matthew graduated from Cicero High School, and went to Onondaga Community College where he earned an Associates Degrees in Administration of Justice and Computer Engineering. He also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer/Electronic Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic. 

Nicole Planty is seeking her first term on the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education. She is a life-long resident of the North Syracuse Central School District, currently living in Cicero with her husband Josh and their two children, Kane and Olivia. Kane is a student at Lakeshore Road Elementary School and Olivia is a student at Gillette Road Middle School. 

Nicole currently works as a cosmetology instructor with high school juniors and seniors at East Syracuse Minoa High School and is the owner of a salon in North Syracuse. She graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and attended SUNY Oswego for teacher preparation and the University of Phoenix for educational leadership.

  Amanda Sugrue is seeking her first term on the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education. (Candidate information was not submitted prior to the April 1 deadline.)


In order to vote in the May 17, 2022 election, you must be a ­United States citizen, 18 years of age or older and meet the ­following qualifications: 

  • A resident of the school District for at least 30 days prior to the vote;
  • Not under sentence for a felony conviction and not ­adjudged mentally incompetent;
  • Registered to vote in Onondaga County or the North ­Syracuse Central School District. 
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, click here

Voter Registration

If you are not yet registered to vote, you can register at the Office of the District Clerk (5355 West Taft Road, North Syracuse, New York) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day when the office is open for business. Contact the District Clerk's Office by email to or by phone to (315) 218-2131. In order to vote in the May 17 election, you must be registered in the Clerk's Office no later than May 12, 2022

The District will hold evening registration events on May 3, 2022 in conjunction with the Budget Public Hearing. Registration events will take place at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Road) AND at Cicero Elementary School (5979 Route 31 in Cicero) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

If you prefer to register to vote through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, click here. Please note: This registration method may not be completed in time to vote in the May 17 NSCSD election. 

Click here to learn more about voter registration in Onondaga County. 

Polling Locations

Voters who live NORTH of Route 481 will vote at Cicero Elementary School (5979 Route 31) in Cicero
Voters who live SOUTH of Route 481 will vote at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (535 W. Taft Rd.) in North Syracuse


Budget Public Hearing - May 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. 

The following documents for the public hearing are available by clicking the links below: 

Budget Presentations

Copies of the 2022-2023 budget presentations to the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education will be listed below by the date they were given to the board. 

April 18, 2022 Budget Update/Final Approved State Aid
April 4, 2022 Final Budget Presentation
March 21, 2022 Budget Presentation
March 7, 2022 Budget Presentation
February 28, 2022 Budget Presentation
January 24, 2022 Budget Presentation

2022-2023 Budget Calendar