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School Budget Vote and BOE Member Election May 17

On Monday, April 4, the Board of Education adopted a $188.4 million budget for the 2022-2023 school year. District voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed budget, along with several other propositions on May 17. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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

We are committed to providing the necessary resources to close the academic gaps that developed during the pandemic. This budget also addresses the social and emotional needs of our students as a May 2022 May 2022 priority.  The Budget proposal maximizes the District’s financial resources to meet the increasing needs of our students by using fund balance and federal stimulus funds to supplement the budget.  The proposed tax levy increase is 3.37%, which does not exceed the tax cap and is well below the rate of inflation (7.9 %).  

For more than a year now, a group of approximately 50 educators have been working together on the NSCSD Strategic Action Team (SAT). Their charge has been to develop a vision, mission and goals to ensure the long-term success of our diverse student population. The crucial concepts that have collectively been embraced by the group (improving graduation rates, ensuring reading proficiency and building emotional competencies) are all addressed in this budget proposal.

Our most important job is to ensure that all students and staff are safe and healthy so that students can truly learn and fulfill their individual potential. Therefore, we have created a comprehensive mental health and wellness network for our students. 

In addition to our excellent staff of mental health professionals, we offer students on-site services available through Onondaga County.  In response to the increasing energy costs, we are asking the District voters to consider an energy performance contract whereby specific energy improvements would be made to District buildings at no cost to the local taxpayer. 85.3% of the project’s cost would be covered by state aid, with the remainder being paid out of the District’s fund balance.  I invite you to learn more by clicking here.