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A print version of annual budget newsletter and budget notice will be mailed to district residents on May 11, the day after the Public Hearing on Monday, May 10. Download the print version of the budget newsletter.
Budget proposal prioritizes learners, stays under tax levy limit
The Washingtonville Central School District Board of Education adopted a $109,623,308 proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The proposal reflects a 2.5% tax levy increase, the total amount of local taxes that support the budget, and is below the allowable limits set by the New York State tax levy calculation, or “tax cap” as it is more commonly known. The district has been operating within its calculated state tax cap every year since it was implemented in 2012.
“Once again, Washingtonville district leaders were committed to proposing a budget that advances our mission to prepare our students for their futures, while protecting the community’s investment in our schools, and honoring our fiscal responsibility to taxpayers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larry Washington.
Voters will also elect three members to the board of education. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Budget priorities and highlights
During the budget development process, the district carefully reviews its expenditures to see where savings and increased operational efficiencies might be realized, with no impact on instruction. This includes savings through attrition for salaries and benefits due to staff retirements.
Highlights of the proposed spending plan reflect the district’s educational vision for its students and schools and a prudent, strategic approach to fiscal governance:
- Supports the continuous development of rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, aligned with
- standards of excellence and assessment practices
- Maintains a safe and developmentally appropriate student-centered learning environment
- Promotes collaboration among all district personnel
- Protects district from data and network breaches through technology security upgrades
- Increases equity in student access to technology
- Maintains safety and security of students and staff with continued police and security protection
- Replaces eight buses without borrowing
- Includes an energy performance contract to upgrade LED lighting; replaces unit ventilators in the middle school; replaces the roof at Little Britain Elementary School; includes solar energy panels that will yield long-term energy savings
- Includes a capital outlay project to replace exterior doors and sidewalks at the high school
State aid and one-time federal relief funding
The 2021-22 New York state budget increases education aid overall, including needs-based Foundation Aid, the primary source of general purpose operating aid for schools.
Additionally, the state budget is allocating federal relief funds to schools. Washingtonville is prioritizing the use of these funds to support students’ academic, social and emotional needs. The balance of these funds will be used to enhance learning, increase technology hardware, software and connectivity, and in building upgrades for a safer learning environment.
Federal aid appropriations can be used over a multiyear period, but they must be tracked and accounted for separately from the district’s general fund budget.
Committed to fiscally prudent practices that protect local taxpayers and their long-term investment in Washingtonville schools, district leaders plan to allocate these funds over the allowed two-year period.
TAX LEVY INCREASE
Voters will elect three candidates to the board of education: two to serve three-year terms, and one candidate to serve an unexpired term from May 18, 2021, to June 30, 2022. The two three-year term positions will begin July 1, 2021, and expire June 30, 2024.
Astrid Delbue, Jennifer Dellova, Marie Nadine Leonty, Kira Saltz, Sharon Williams. Meet the candidates and learn why they are running to serve on the school board.
Who may vote?
You may vote if you are 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, a district resident for at least 30 days, and a registered voter for either a general election or a school board election.
How do I register?
If you are not a registered voter for the general election through Orange County Board of Elections, you may register specifically with the Washingtonville Central School District for school votes only by contacting the district clerk: (845) 497-4000, ext. 27042.
When and where do I vote?
Polls will be open 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at Washingtonville High School, 54 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY.
Qualified voters can request an absentee ballot if they are unable to vote in person due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization, or travel. To receive an absentee ballot you must fill out and file an application. You may download an absentee ballot application from the district’s website, pick one up at the district office, or request it by contacting the district clerk: (845) 497-4000, ext. 27042. If you want your ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by May 11. If you plan to pick up an application and ballot in person, you may do so until May 17. Absentee ballots must be returned to the district office by 5 p.m. on the day of the vote, May 18. View the Absentee Ballot Q&A,308 $2,748,173 and court-ordered costs.
New York law requires school districts to present their budgets divided into three expenditure categories—program, administrative and capital—and compare them to the previous year’s costs. Washingtonville’s three-part budget breaks down as follows:
- 2021-22: $10,532,370 or 9.6%
- 2020-21: $9,764,528 or 9.1%
Administrative Costs include salaries and benefits of administrators, supervisors, and administrative clerical staff, public information, printing, curriculum and staff development, school board costs, general insurance and professional fees.
- 2021-22: $83,415,441 or 76.1%
- 2020-21: $81,287,852 or 76.1%
Program Costs include salaries and benefits of all teachers and staff who deliver pupil services (guidance, health, library/media, etc.), textbooks, equipment, co-curricular activities, athletics, and transportation costs (excludes bus purchases).
- 2021-22 $15,675,497 14.3%
- 2020-21 $15,822,755 14.8%
Capital Costs include salaries and benefits of maintenance and custodial staff, debt service on buildings and school bus purchases, utilities, tax certiorari and court-ordered costs.
PROPERTY TAX LEVY
- 2020-21: $59,280,901
- 2021-22: $60,763,580 or 55.43%
- Change: $1,482,679
- 2020-21: $37,892,746
- 2021-22: $39,906,692 or 34.40%
- Change: $2,013,946
USE OF FUND BALANCE
- 2020-21: $3,500,000
- 2021-22: $3,500,000 or 3.19%
- Change: $0
USE OF RESERVES
- 2020-21: $3,286,243
- 2021-22: $3,726,243 or 3.40%
- Change: $440,000
- 2020-21: $2,860,508
- 2021-22: $1,672,630 or 1.53%
- Change: -$1,187,878
PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES
- 2020-21: $54,737
- 2021-22: $54,163 or 0.05%
- Change: -$574
- 2020-21: $106,875,135
- 2021-22: $109,623,308
- Change: $2,748,173
- 2020-21: $45,555,952
- 2021-22: $46,612,478 or 45.52%
- Change: $1,056,526
- 2020-21: $28,607,530
- 2021-22: $28,751,146 or 26.23%
- Change: $143,616
- 2020-21: $968,983
- 2021-22: $1,210,232 or 1.10%
- Change: $241,249
CONTRACTUAL & SUPPLIES
- 2020-21: $9,648,504
- 2021-22: $11,781,231 or 10.75%
- Change: $2,132,727
- 2021-22: $14,538,271
- 2021-22: $14,126,099 or 12.89%
- Change: -$412,172
- 2020-21: $7,305,895
- 2021-22: $6,857,122 or 6.26%
- Change: -$448,773
- 2020-21: $250,000
- 2021-22: $285,000 or 0.26%
- Change: $35,000
- 2020-21: $106,875,135
- 2021-22: $109,623,308
- Change: $2,748,173
The school district budget notice follows a format required by the state. View and/or download the Budget Notice.
A message from Superintendent Dr. Larry Washington
We are so proud of being Washingtonville! Since reopening school in September of 2020, district and building administrators, faculty and staff persevered in their educational mission through relentless new challenges and enduring restrictions. Students pressed on with their learning regardless of instructional environments, and families took on unprecedented responsibility in their children’s education.
Through it all, we worked together, supported and uplifted each other, and we all have abundant reason to feel proud of our school community. Most of all, we all celebrate our students’ return to their classrooms for more in-person learning. The daily interactions they have missed for too long are integral to the education of the whole child and the promise of a public education. Go Wizards!
High School: Aspire program connects students with workplaces
The learning of employable skills in Aspire classes is paired with an exposure to careers and jobs available to students in the Washingtonville community. Local business owners visit Aspire classrooms to discuss job opportunities, employer expectations, and to offer interview tips. Corrine Courtney, owner of Nailed It Hardware, was a recent guest. Aspire teachers collaborate with a work-based coordinator for the high school to find student internships. Currently, students are interning in the district’s central supply office and at the Felt Factory in New Windsor.
Middle School Student Council: Making a positive difference
A student-run government body, the middle school Student Council engages and collaborates with the school community to address school issues with creative solutions and improve student life. Ongoing school-wide activities include the Door Decorating Contest, a fun, self-expression opportunity implemented
during lunch. Council members also take on service projects to give back to their community,
such as the recent “Cards for Seniors” project.
Little Britain Elementary: Literacy for all learners
LB is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that affirms and celebrates the school’s diverse families. To better engage and represent all learners, the school is steadily integrating diversity into its literacy program through weekly read-alouds of culturally authentic books. The Mystery Reader program has also featured pre-recorded readings by members of the WHS National English Honor Society. March’s readings focused on biographies of women, and April’s exposed students to diverse
Taft Elementary: #BetterTogether
Before moving on to middle school, Taft fifth graders reflect on their elementary journey by working on a legacy project with the help of a professional muralist. Together with art teacher Jennifer Czumak, students created drawings around this year’s theme, “Better Together.” Muralist Joe Pimental arranged the drawings and assisted students through the painting process. Located outside the art room, facing the school gym, their work will go on to inspire a positive school climate at Taft.
Round Hill Elementary: Focus on SEL
RH’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee is engaging the school community to help foster and support safe and positive learning experiences. The traits of the “Choose Love” curriculum (courage, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion) and the topics of diversity, equity and inclusivity are consistently affirmed through Student of the Month recognitions and read-alouds by the school psychologist and social worker. The committee also undertook the creation of a book room to support SEL instruction. With overall student wellbeing in mind, the committee launched the Round Hill Cooking Club, open to all students via Google classroom, and complete with a monthly newsletter for families. Emphasizing the social in SEL, the committee hosted a school-wide cultural show and tell.
Wizards return to Athletics
On Jan. 19 the state’s Department of Health and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association granted permission to resume high school athletics. Currently, Washingtonville has
41 varsity and junior varsity teams and over 900 student athletes participating in one or more of
three athletic seasons. Winter and Fall 2 season highlights include the boys swim team capturing
the Section 9 championship, a first in the history of the program; the girls swim team finishing second
in the section; and the girls soccer team making it to the Section 9 final four.