M-W BOE unanimously approves school boundary alteration

on August 24, 2017

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to alter school district boundaries during a regular meeting on Wednesday, August 23.

The M-W Board of Education voted 9-0 to consent to the proposed boundary alteration between the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District and the Kiryas Joel Union Free School District (KJUFSD) to mirror the boundaries of the proposed Town of Palm Tree, consisting of 220 acres. The proposed town would include 164 acres already annexed by Kiryas Joel and an additional 56 acres of unincorporated property located within the boundaries of the Town of Monroe.

Next steps include approval of the boundary alteration by KJUFSD on or before September 6, followed by the Orange County legislature vote on September 7 to determine whether a referendum will be placed on the November ballot allowing Town of Monroe voters to have final say on the separation. The district superintendent from Orange-Ulster BOCES will also need to approve the boundary change. Once approvals are granted, the effective date of the school district boundary alteration would be the July 1st following the establishment of the Town of Palm Tree.

After evaluating tax revenue loss and offsetting expense reductions, the alteration of school district boundaries results in an estimated average increase of $21 in annual school taxes for a typical residence with a market value of $275,000.

The school district also agreed to cooperate with and actively support the efforts of Assemblyman James Skoufis to seek special state legislation to provide additional aid for the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. This aid would reduce the burden upon the M-W taxpayers as a result of the significant loss of school property tax revenue due to the boundary alteration.

“We believe this movement of boundaries is in the best interest of the students and families who reside within the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District,” said M-W Board of Education President Jon Huberth. “This decision has been years in the making and, based on the findings of our research, we are confident in our final decision.”

Read the resolution or visit the boundary alteration page for more information.