Proposed Budget Preserves Programs & Supports
The Cairo-Durham Central School District proposes a $33,212,222 spending plan for the 2021-22 school year. The proposed budget maintains current educational opportunities, student supports and services, and school health and safety initiatives.
The budget proposal has a 4.45% increase in the tax levy, which is equal to the District’s maximum allowable increase as calculated under New York State’s property tax cap law. Individual tax rates will actually decrease due to GSK being added to the tax rolls for the first time in 10 years. See the Questions & Answers section for information about tax levy and tax rates.
The proposed budget would preserve current programs, faculty and staff. Examples of non-mandated academic programs that would be maintained include:
- Half-day pre-kindergarten
- Full-day kindergarten
- 12 Advanced Placement courses
- 20+ college courses
- 40+ high school electives in Art, Business, Technology and more
- 1:1 Chromebook program (K-12)
- Distance learning opportunities
The budget would maintain positions to support student wellbeing and other needs. Examples include two social workers, four school psychologists and three part-time county mental health and substance abuse counselors.
“With state aid being supplemented by the federal stimulus, we can continue providing our students with the necessary academic and social-emotional supports to begin recovering from the global pandemic we are living through, and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all,” said Michael Wetherbee, Superintendent of Schools.
A grant-funded IT position added this year to address increased needs such as help requests and equipment repair would also be continued.
The budget-to-budget increase is 2.15% (or $699,683). The increase is largely due to: Special Education tuition, health insurance and other contractual obligations such as pension contributions. The District continually seeks cost-saving opportunities such as partnerships with BOCES to reduce fuel, heating and equipment costs.
The date of the vote is Tuesday, May 18th from 1-9 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria. In addition to the budget proposal, voters will be asked to elect four candidates to the Board of Education and consider a proposition for the purchase of six buses.