BOE adopts proposed budget for 2019-2020 school year

on April 25, 2019

At a special meeting on April 25, the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education adopted a $181,276,309 proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $4,683,172 or 2.65 percent, will result in a tax levy increase of 2.57 percent – an amount that is just under the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation. The proposed budget allows Monroe-Woodbury to enhance curriculum opportunities for students, as well as the addition of a Spanish teacher, ENL teacher, bilingual psychologist and a behaviorist. The proposed budget also includes School Resource Officers (SROs) in all buildings and upgrades to classroom door lock systems.

The proposed tax levy – $122,878,000 – is less than the allotted maximum allowable levy for 2019-2020. This means that a simple majority of voters (more than 50 percent) is needed to pass the budget. A public hearing regarding the proposed budget will be held in the Education Center on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m.

In addition to the proposed budget, district residents will also vote to authorize the purchase of 11 new school vehicles, specifically six 72-passenger buses and five 30-passenger vans, at a cost of $1,072,235. More than 60 percent of the cost of the vehicles will be covered by state aid and the district will be reimbursed over five years.

Residents will also elect three members to the Board of Education to fill the seats of Lorraine Carroll, Suzanne Donahue and Staci McCleary, whose terms expire at the end of the school year. The three candidates who receive the most votes will be appointed and sworn in at the organizational board meeting in July. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2019 and expire on June 30, 2022.

The candidates are (listed in ballot order):

  • Kiesha Tillman
  • Suzanne Donahue (incumbent)
  • Staci McCleary (incumbent)
  • Lorraine Carroll (incumbent)
  • Jeffery Reynolds

The annual budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 21. Please visit the district’s budget page for general information about budget creation and voting. A budget brochure with information related to the proposed budget will be mailed to district residents in early May.

For additional information, the 2019-2020 Budget Statement contains details of the proposed budget.

A Crusader Chat, or community conversation, will be held on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Education Center, 278 Route 32, Central Valley. All district residents are invited to this discussion regarding the proposed budget. The Crusader Chat will be aired via Facebook Live for those residents who are unable to attend. Please email budget-related questions to [email protected] or contact the business office at 845-460-6200.