2021-22 budget passes with 80 percent approval

On May 18, Menands Union FreeSchool District voters approved (81 to 20) a $10.28 million spending plan for the 2021-22 school year. 

Under the approved budget, spending will increase by $451,265 over the current year. The plan maintains all existing programs and opportunities for students while also enhancing technology hardware and support, and dedicated professional development opportunities that align with district goals. Additionally, the budget supports the district’s increasingly diverse student population and student needs, consistent with the district’s mission and goals.

The budget carries a tax levy increase of $22,497, or 0.31%, which is within the allowable tax levy cap as calculated by the state’s formula. As a result, a simple majority (50% plus one vote) was needed for approval.

Voters also elected Andi DeLancy to the Board of Education. She will begin serving a five-year term on July 1.