Education Matters: Budget News (May 2018)
Proposed Budget Highlights Health & Safety
On Tuesday, May 15, the Cairo-Durham Central School District community will vote on a $31,147,145 proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year. The primary goals of the proposed budget are to enhance educational opportunities and support school health and safety initiatives.
The proposed spending plan is an increase of $1,043,768, or 3.47 percent, from the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a 1.95% increase in the tax levy. The 1.95% tax levy increase is below the District’s maximum allowable increase of 3.03% calculated under New York State’s tax cap guidelines. As a result of staying within the allowable tax levy increase, qualifying residents would receive a property tax rebate from NYS this fall.
“This budget proposal emphasizes health and safety with the addition of two School Resource Officers as well as a school nurse. Similar to last year, it also continues to focus on student programming, providing the very best opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Anthony Taibi.
The most notable changes to the budget would be the addition of the following key staff:
- Two (2) School Resource Officers (SRO)
- A part-time school nurse (MS/HS)
- A bus driver
- A cleaner/maintenance worker
To enhance school safety initiatives, the proposed budget would also add a Raptor Visitor Management System in addition to the SROs.
Non-staffing additions include a course titled “The Brain” and a Computer Science course. Both of these courses would be offered through the Distance Learning Lab at Cairo-Durham High School (in partnership with other regional schools).
“These courses would give our students the opportunity to enhance their STEM credentials, work in collaboration with students outside of our District and enhance their opportunities for aspiring and innovative careers,” said Cairo-Durham High School Principal Mr. Nick Fitzgerald.
Last year, the budget added a part-time “help desk” position to support students and staff with day-to-day technical issues. The 2018-19 proposed budget would continue to support our “Connected Classroom” initiative, which aims to provide Chromebook laptops to all students in Grades 6-12.
The main cost factors in the budget are staff-related and include the areas of health insurance, salaries and contractual obligations.
In addition to voting on the proposed budget, residents will also elect three (3) members to the Board of Education and consider propositions for: an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project, a Capital Reserve Fund and the purchase of seven (7) buses (as part of the District’s board-approved replacement plan).