Proposed 2019-20 budget maintains programs; keeps levy under limit

Menands residents will visit the polls on Tuesday, May 21 to vote on a proposed $9.04 million spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year.

Under the board’s adopted budget for the 2019-2020 school year, spending would increase by $307,987 over the current year, or by 3.53 percent. Increased high school tuition rates, special education costs and charter school placements have contributed to the proposed spending increases.

A budget hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Menands School.

The proposed budget carries a tax levy increase of $253,055, or 3.75 percent, which is below the allowable tax levy cap of 5.68 percent, as calculated by the state’s formula. As a result, a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) is needed for approval on May 21.

The proposed budget maintains all existing programs and opportunities for students. It also continues to support the increasingly diverse student population and student needs, consistent with the district’s mission.

“Despite many challenges the district faces, it continues to be important to the Board of Education and administration to put forth a budget that keeps the interest of taxpayers in mind, while continuing to provide the quality programming our community has come to expect from Menands School,” Superintendent Dr. Maureen Long said.