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2017-18 budget proposal

Albany voters will consider an annual school budget with no tax-levy increase for the second year in a row and the third time in seven years when they head to the polls May 16.

 

The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted April 12 to approve a $240.2 million budget proposal that is supported by strong state funding. Click here to read and download the special budget edition of "Capital Education," the district's newsletter.

 

The budget would maintain all existing programs and services while also investing in key areas, some of which include:

  • ​Equitable staffing for the new middle school opening at 50 North Lark St.

  • A New​comer Program to serve refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12. The new program will be located at North Albany Academy, in the front portion of the building that will open when North Albany's middle-school program moves to 50 North Lark beginning in September.

  • A program re​design to improve academic and social-emotional supports at the Alternative Learning Center (grades 7-12), which is relocating next school year from 50 North Lark to 395 Elk St.

  • Community School​s initiatives at Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and the Alternative Learning Center

  • Additional teachers and t​eaching assistants to support the district’s rapidly growing student population; district-wide instructional supe​rvisors in elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and fine arts. Click here to read and download a glance at the 2017-18 budget proposal.

In addition to being the third budget proposal in seven years with no tax-levy increase, the 2017-18 proposal also represents the fifth time in seven years that the proposed increase has been less than 1 percent. Incluing the current proposal for next year, the district’s average tax-levy increase over the past seven years is less than 1 percent (0.90 percent). During that time, the district’s enrollment has grown by 12 percent. The following table shows the district's tax-levy increases isnce 2011-12, including the proposed zero increase for 2017-18.

 

Budget year Tax-levy impact
2011-12 0.00% (no increase)
2012-13 1.50% increase
2013-14 2.95% increase
2014-15 0.87% increase
2015-16 0.98% increase
2016-17 0.00% (no increase)
2017-18 0.00% (no proposed increase)

 

Click here to download the 2017-18 budget proposal that the board adopted April 12. You also can click here to download the full line-by-line 2016-17 budget, which 63 percent of voters approved in May 2016.

 

Get informed. Then get involved.

The City School District of Albany's annual budget-development process includes dozens of public meetings throughout the winter and spring, and the opportunity for all community groups to have a district representative provide a presentation about the proposed budget in April and May. In addition to budget discussions at each board meeting throughout February, March and early April, the 2017-18 budget-development process once again included two January budget workshops, and community presentations in early March.

 

The Board of Education approved the 2017-18 budget-development process and calendar at its Nov. 17 meeting.

 

Here are key dates and milestones in the district's budget-development process:

We also make frequent use of this website and social media tools such as School News Notifier, Facebook and Twitter to provide information and updates. We encourage you to sign up today. Use the respective links to sign up if you're not already registered.

 

Please call Director of Communications Ron Lesko at 475-6065 or send an e-mail if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 

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