On Thursday, April 20, the Valley Central Board of Education voted to adopt the district’s proposed budget of $101,247,326 during its regularly scheduled meeting. The proposed budget, which represents a 2.75% spending increase or $2,713,870 will result in a tax levy increase of 2.69% -- an increase which is within the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.
“The administration worked diligently to ensure that our spending plan preserves all of our existing programs and adds critical positions to ensure that we are meeting all of our students’ needs,” Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis said.
The proposed budget maintains all current programs and positions, while increasing educational opportunities and support for students through the creation of new part-time positions or expansion of existing positions including occupational and physical therapists, a tech teacher, team leaders at the elementary and middle school level and hall monitors for the athletic department. It also creates special education classes at the middle school, ensuring that the district can meet the needs of some of its special education without the need of outside services.
Valley Central has entered into a five-year contract with East End Bus Lines, Inc. to provide transportation for the students.
The budget vote will be held on May 16, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Valley Central High School gymnasium. Voters must be U.S. citizens, a resident of the district for 30 days or more, 18 years old as of May 9, 2017 and registered with the County Board of Elections. Residents who are not registered may register to vote by attending Valley Central’s voter registration day on May 9, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the district’s Central Office, located at 944 State Route 17k, Montgomery, New York. Applications for absentee ballots are available from the district clerk. For more information, please call the office of the district clerk at 457-2400, ext. 18505.