L. to E: Hearing on Veterans’ Tax Exemption, Superintendent’s proposed 2014-15 School Budget
February 21, 2014
by Jeffrey Mester
You recently published an article by me updating the community on upcoming events in February. I would like to follow-up that article with a reminder that this Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the public hearing on the Veterans Tax Exemption, Superintendent Lyn McKay will be presenting her proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year to the Board of Education and the community.
The district would like to invite ALL members of the community, those with children in the district and those without, to attend and provide feedback. As always, there will be a chance for the public to comment and ask questions immediately following the presentation.
As a brief preview of the budget, I think the proposed budget does a terrific job of addressing both of the School Board’s strategic questions, mainly that it is both fiscally responsible and where appropriate expands the academic programs. Of course, we expect to come in below the tax cap. The proposal calls for a budget to budget increase of 1.77%. I note that the CCSD’s per pupil spending is 13th out of 46 (in Putnam/Westchester), below Scarsdale, Byram Hills, Katonah, and Briarcliff among others. In addition to expanding some academic programs we expect to be able to put some of the modified sports previously cut back into the budget.
The presentation also addresses enrollment in the district broken down by elementary, middle and high schools. The enrollment projections include both historical information and goes out to the 2020-21 school year. Next year we do expect a slight decline at both the elementary and middle school levels but an increase at the high school. It should also be noted that last year with the beginning of an uptick in real estate transactions, we saw an increase of 75 students over our projections. I anticipate us also addressing our facilities in relation to enrollment.
Thank you, NCNOW, for giving us the opportunity to invite the community to our meetings.
Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education