L. to E: Hearing on Veterans’ Tax Exemption, Superintendent’s proposed 2014-15 School Budget

February 21, 2014
by Jeffrey Mester

Dear Editor,

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.

In the event a community member cannot attend but would still like to comment or ask questions, we can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please feel free to email us at any time. While we do not accept anonymous submissions, we can and will keep any correspondence confidential upon request.

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.

Wednesday’s meeting is to unveil the proposed budget.  At the subsequent meetings in March and April the Board will be delving into the the various components of the budget in much more detail.  We hope that the community can also attend those meetings and/or give us input via email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or via mail (66 Roaring Brook Road Chappaqua, NY 10514).

The agenda for this meeting and all meeting can be found on our website in the Board of Education tab.

Thank you, NCNOW, for giving us the opportunity to invite the community to our meetings.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Mester
President
Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education


Comments(8):
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You need to sell Bell.

By tax relief on 02/21/2014 at 2:53 pm

How much more money would we have to spend on each student if we did not have the redundancy of 2 middle schools ?

By how much on 02/22/2014 at 3:33 pm

@ how much: Is that the same “redundancy” as having 3 elementary schools?

@tax relief: Why does Chappaqua need to sell bell?

By Resident of Chappaqua 27 years on 02/23/2014 at 6:37 pm

No.  It is not at all the same as having 3 elementary schools. 

The town does not need 2 middle schools.

By 45 year resident on 02/23/2014 at 10:40 pm

To lower school taxes.

By tax relief on 02/24/2014 at 7:45 am

@45 year resident: Why doesn’t the Town need two middle schools?  There seems to be the population to support both.  Are you an expert on demographics?

@tax relief: How is the old “sell Bell” going to lower taxes?  Details would be helpful.

By Resident of Chappaqua 27 years on 02/24/2014 at 10:13 am

Editor’s Note: Benched until you contact me.

By tax relief on 02/26/2014 at 8:06 am

@ Resident of Chappaqua 27 years on,

Check your facts.  One does not have to be an “expert on demographics.”

By another longtime resident on 02/26/2014 at 10:46 am


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