Residents to vote on proposed budget, elect BOE members exclusively by absentee ballot

on June 7, 2020

On Tuesday, May 19, the members of the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education adopted a $183,999,908 proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposed budget carries a 1.51 percent tax levy increase, which is below Monroe-Woodbury’s allowable tax “cap” of 2.07 percent and maintains instructional student programs for the 2020- 2021 school year. In light of these unprecedented times and extraordinary challenges, the district’s primary focus continues to be on providing a high quality education for all students, while being fiscally responsible to taxpayers.

District residents will be asked to vote on a proposed budget of $183,999,908 for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposed budget includes a spending increase of 1.50 percent, or $2,723,599, compared to the 2019-2020 budget. The tax levy would increase by 1.51 percent from a budgeted $122,878,000 in 2019-2020 to a proposed $124,735,000 for 2020-2021, which is below the maximum allowable limit of 2.07 percent.

This year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis (as directed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo via an executive order issued Friday, May 1). Absentee ballots with self addressed, postage paid envelopes will be mailed by the district to all qualified voters. There is no in-person voting this year.

In addition to the proposed budget, residents will be asked to approve the purchase of five 72-passenger school buses, one 72-passenger school bus with undercarriage storage, two 29-passenger school bus vans, and one 20-passenger wheelchair accessible school bus van as part of the district’s replacement plan. The total cost is not to exceed $1,009,900 and state aid would cover approximately 60 percent of the expense. The district would be reimbursed over a five-year period.

District residents will also elect three members to the Board of Education for three-year terms to fill the seats of Board members Donald Beeler, Daniel A. Ezratty and Jonathan Huberth, whose terms expire at the end of the school year. The candidates who receive the most votes will be appointed to these positions. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2020 and will expire on June 30, 2023.

The candidates are (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Donald Beeler
  • Michael J. Ciriello
  • Daniel A. Ezratty
  • Jonathan Huberth

More information about the proposed budget will be mailed to district residents and posted on the budget page of the district website.

2020-2021 MWCSD Budget Statement