Residents to vote on school budget and two propositions May 16

on May 12, 2017

On Tuesday, May 16, Monroe-Woodbury residents will vote on a proposed budget of $171.2 million for the 2017-2018 school year from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Central Valley Elementary School. Under the proposed plan, spending would increase 3.87 percent more than the current year.  The proposed school budget maintains all current programming and personnel for the next year. View video about the budget development process.

The proposed  budget will result in a tax levy increase of 3.85  percent – an increase that is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.

In addition to the school budget, district residents will be asked to consider a bus proposition for the purchase of 12 new school vehicles at a cost not to exceed $987,910. More than 60 percent of the cost of the vehicles will be covered by state aid.

District residents will also vote on the establishment of a capital reserve fund with a contribution limit of $40 million over a duration of 15 years. The reserve would allow the district to put any potential surplus monies aside in a voter-controlled fund that would be used for performing capital projects and improvements to any district building or facility. Voter approval would be required any time capital reserve funds are to be spent. Please visit the district’s capital reserve fund page for additional information.

In addition, residents will elect three members to the Board of Education to fill the seats of Donald Beeler, Daniel Ezratty and Jonathan Huberth, 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, 2017 and expire on June 30, 2020.

The candidates are (listed in ballot order):

    • Daniel A. Ezratty (incumbent)
    • Sylvia Stanley-Dummitt
    • Jonathan Huberth (incumbent)
    • Donald Beeler (incumbent)

View videos of the Candidate Introduction and Q&A event on May 10 sponsored by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce

Visit the district’s budget page for general information about budget creation and voting or to view brief budget-related videos. A budget brochure with information related to the proposed budget has been mailed to district residents. Please email questions to or contact the business office at 845-460-6200. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Cahill will address some frequently asked questions in a series of short videos that will be shared on the district website and Facebook page.

Budget Overview Information sheetBudget Overview Information Sheet

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