Voters to decide on $181.3 million proposed budget, board elections, school vehicle purchase on May 21

on May 9, 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 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 was mailed to all M-W residents.

What does the budget include?

Additional Staffing

  • 1 Spanish teacher
  • 1 ENL (English as a New Language) teacher
  • Bilingual psychologist
  • Behaviorist

Safety Enhancements

  • School Resource Officers (SROs) in ALL buildings
  • Upgrades to classroom door lock systems

School Vehicles’ Purchase

  • 11 vehicles – Total cost of $1,072,235. More than 60 percent of the cost will be covered by state aid.
    • Six, 72-passenger buses
    • Five, 30-passenger vans

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.

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