Community passes 2018-19 school budget
vast majority of Albany
voters supported the City School District of Albany's
2018-19 school budget on May 15.
The budget passed 2,329-909, a 72 percent approval
rate. Voters also approved the district’s Capital Reserve Fund by a vote
In addition, the community elected three Board of
Education members in the district’s first May board vote.
Learn more here.
Voters backed the
$249.4 million budget the Board of Education approved at its April 12
budget supports several important new investments and continues all
current programs and services in 2018-19.
It's the third time in four years that more than 70 percent of voters
said “yes” to the district’s budget proposal.
budget supports all current academic, social-emotional and
extracurricular programs and services for more than 9,600 district
students. That includes full-day prekindergarten, music instrument
instruction at all schools beginning in third grade, middle- and
high-school foreign language programs and Advanced Placement and
International Baccalaureate classes at Albany High School.
The plan also includes about $3.7 million in new staff and programs
to keep up with
enrollment growth and programmatic priorities, meet state
continue to invest in the district’s multi-year
The district is scheduled to receive an increase of about $3 million in
state Foundation Aid in 2018-19. The
budget proposal also includes an investment of about $6 million from the
district’s fund balance and reserves.
The budget includes a 1.33 percent tax-levy increase. That would be
the district’s first tax-levy increase in three years, and it falls
below the district’s state-imposed “tax cap” of 1.97 percent. If the
budget is approved, the district’s average tax-levy increase of the past
five years would be less than 1 percent – 0.634 percent.
In addition to the budget vote May 15, voters had an
opportunity to vote on the following school-related items:
The district received an increase of about $600,000 in its Community
Schools funding from the state for 2018-19 and will use those funds
(about $3.9 million in total) to continue to support the growth of
Community Schools models and programming at the Tony Clement Center for
Education and five elementary schools: Arbor Hill Elementary School,
Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Philip J. Schuyler Achievement
Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O'Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST). These initiatives, developed in
partnership with families and community members, will provide
additional services to support students and families, including services
beyond the traditional school day.
The proposed budget will fund $36 million in payments and expenses
related to charter schools. In addition, the budget will pay more than
$1 million to meet the cost of new unfunded state mandates.
Some 46.3 percent of the budget’s estimated revenue – $115.5 million –
will come from local property taxes.
State aid will contribute 40.5 percent, or $100.9 million. The
remainder will come from a variety of sources.
Please visit our
section to review budget materials throughout the entire
budget-development process, which formally began Feb. 1.
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 2018-19 budget-development process once again
two January budget workshops, and
community presentations in early March.
The Board of Education approved the
process and calendar at its Nov. 16 meeting.
Here are key dates and milestones in the
district's budget-development process:
Tuesday, Jan. 9 --
Public budget workshop I, 5:30-7 p.m., Albany
High School media center.
Wednesday, Jan. 17 --
Public budget workshop II, 5:30-7
p.m., Albany High School media center.
Thursday, Jan. 18 -- Board of Education meeting,
School of Humanities, 7 p.m. Review of Gov. Cuomo's 2018-19 state
Thursday, Feb. 1 -- Board of Education meeting,
William S. Hackett Middle School, 7
p.m. First-draft budget proposal.
Thursday, Feb. 15 -- Board of Education meeting,
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7
p.m. Further discussion and revisions on first-draft budget
proposal. Download the presentation.
March 1 -- Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point
Elementary School, 7 p.m.
Second-draft budget proposal.
March 5-8 -- Community budget presentations.
Please visit our District News section for specific dates and
Thursday, March 15 -- Board of Education meeting,
Albany High School, 7
p.m. Further discussion and review of second-draft budget proposal.
Download the presentation.
Wednesday, March 28 -- Board of Education special
meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. Consideration
of Capital Reserve Fund (The board voted unanimously to approve a
proposal for voters to consider to establish a new Capital Reserve
Tuesday, April 10 -- Board of Education special
budget meeting, Albany High School, 6
p.m. Third-draft budget proposal.
Thursday, April 12 -- Board of Education
meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
Final budget proposal presented for
adoption. Download the
Tuesday, April 24 -- Community budget presentation, South
End Neighborhood Association, Albany Public Library Howe branch, 105
Schuyler St., 6 p.m.
Download the presentation.
Thursday, April 26 -- Community budget presentation, Arbor
Hill Neighborhood Association, Arbor Hill Community Center, 50 N.
Lark St., 5:30 p.m.
Download the presentation.
Wednesday, May 2 -- Community budget presentation, Council
of Albany Neighborhood Associations, Albany Public Library
Washington Avenue Branch, 161 Washington Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 -- Budget hearing,
Arbor Hill Elementary School, 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Monday, May 7 -- Community budget presentation, Pine Hills
Elementary School PTA, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 -- Community budget presentations:
Thursday, May 10 -- Community budget presentation,
Buckingham Lake Neighborhood Association, Albany Public Library Pine
Hills branch, 517 Western Ave., 6:30 p.m.
May 15 -- School budget vote and Board of Education elections
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