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Voters in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District approved the district’s proposed 2013-14 school year budget on Tuesday, May 21 by a margin of 73 percent to 27 percent. Jason Hyslop, Patrick Brown and James Latter were elected to the Board of Education. Thanks to all who voted. [Read More]
Read the budget message from Dr. McCartney here, and please voice your vote on May 21. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the High School gymnasium.
What program does the proposed budget support? What reductions have been made and how will they affect students? Answers to questions about the 2013-14 budget and program can be found here.
Why are tax bills going down if the tax levy is going up? Why do tax rates vary between towns? The answer to these questions and more can be found here.
Here is the presentation from at the public hearing on the 2013-14 budget proposal (PDF). Watch the RCS budget hearing here (first 15 minutes followed by the RCS Community Library budget presentation and Meet the Board of Education candidates' forum).
The Board of Education narrowly adopted a 2013-14 budget totaling $41.242 million while members agreed that they want to offer Pre-Kindergarten bus runs in the afternoon, pay for students to take Advanced Placement exams and restore a guidance counselor. [Read More]
After five years of cutting programs, Board of Education members told Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney that they want to restore some programs lost during that time and said the 2 percent tax levy increase included in the proposed 2013-14 budget before them was irresponsible and too low. [Read More]
If the proposed 2013-14 budget were approved by the Board of Education as it stands today - with no additional reductions - taxpayers in the four towns that comprise RCS would see a drop in their September tax bills of between $99 and $248 per taxpayer, depending on the town where they live. [Read More]
New York's property tax levy limit is not a "2 percent tax cap." Learn the basics about this recent legislation and how it effects school budget development and your taxes in this video from Capital Region BOCES.
If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, you can watch it here.
Eight area legislators, including Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Peter Lopez, signed a three-page letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders seeking restoration of education funding in the 2013-14 state budget. "These changes will help our most vulnerable students receive the educational programs they need and deserve," the letter concludes. [read the letter here - PDF] Visit the RCS Advocacy Page.
Without meaningful and timely relief from our legislative leaders, RCS and public schools across the state risk losing the high quality instruction and educational opportunities they have come to know and value throughout the years. The time for change is now. RCS has joined the call to action to advocate for our schools, but our state leaders need to hear from you. Learn more and find helpful tips for becoming a powerful advocate on the RCS Advocacy Page
We encourage our community to stay involved and throughout the budget process. Find just a few ways you can participate and stay informed here.
About 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school stakeholders heard Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney say that something has to change - the state's "temporary" Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has cost RCS millions of dollars since 2009 and are the major cause of proposed staff reductions in next year's school budget. [Read More]
Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it here.
RCS administrators, Board of Education trustees, teachers, staff, parents and community members, were among the more than 1,300 people who filled Columbia High School's auditorium on Jan. 31 for an unprecedented forum to address the fiscal crisis facing New York schools. [Read More]
(Jan. 8, 2013) The Board of Education tonight began its review of the 2013-14 budget with the operations and maintenance and technology portions of the budget.
May 14, 2013 Budget public hearing - Presentation
April 26, 2013 - Board approves budget - Presentation (PDF)
March 26, 2013 Board of Education - Presentation (PDF)
March 12, 2013 Budget Roundtable - Handout (PDF)
March 12, 2013 Budget Roundtable - Presentation (PDF)
Feb. 19, 2013 Budget Presentation - Overview (PDF)
Feb. 12, 2013 Budget Roundtable - Presentation (PDF)
Feb. 12, 2013 Budget Roundtable - Handouts (PDF)
Feb. 5, 2013 Budget Presentation - Initial Budget Estimates (PDF)
Feb. 5, 2013 Budget Presentation - Initial presentation notes (PDF)
Feb. 5, 2013 Budget Presentation - Special Education (PDF) (PDF)
Jan. 22, 2013 Budget Presentation - Transportation (PDF)
Jan. 22, 2013 Budget Presentation - Athletics (PDF)
Jan. 8, 2013 Budget Presentation - Operations and Maintenance (PDF)
Jan. 8, 2013 Budget Presentation - Technology (PDF)