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Board adopts 2018-19 budget proposal

2018-19 budget proposal focuses on creating future-ready students

At its April 17 Board of Education meeting, the board approved a proposed budget of $47,738,365 for the 2018-19 school year. Residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, to vote on the spending plan.

The proposal calls for a $1,908,942 spending increase and a tax levy increase of 2.68 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.”

If the proposed plan is approved by voters, RCS would not only continue all current programs and services, but would also enhance school security, increase instructional support for at-risk students and offer better mental health and social emotional supports for all students.

The plan will reallocate some staff members to meet the growing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiatives in the elementary schools. It will also allow educators at the middle and high school to identify spaces for future alternative learning environments.

What’s included in the proposed budget:

  • $50,000 for professional development of faculty and staff
  • $50,000 for an additional school resource officer.
  • $30,000 to create a satellite mental health space to provide students with more mental health services.
  • A 0.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) Instructional/Assistive Technician at the middle school—by restructuring current personnel.
  • Two 0.5 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) staff members—one at each elementary school—by restructuring current personnel.
  • Addition of a behavioral specialist—by restructuring current personnel.
  • Increased Career Development and Occupational Studies opportunities including additional work opportunities for special education students.
  • Addition of 10-week “boot camp” for struggling high school students who will have a subject-specific specialist to help them throughout the school year.
  • $8,000 for salaries and transportation for summer symposiums for students transitioning from eighth to ninth grades.
  • Continuing investment in expanding student access to instructional technologies with the purchase of 300 Chromebooks.

Budget Propositions

In addition to the budget, voters will also decide that day on a proposition to purchase six new buses as part of the district’s long-term bus replacement plan and fill three seats on the Board of Education. Read more about the budget propositions here. Residents will also decide on the RCS Library budget and trustees.

Budget Vote Information

The school budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 15, at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be a “Meet the Candidates” night at 6:30 p.m., May 8 in the RCS High School Library. The RCS Board of Education candidates as well as the RCS Library trustee candidates will be in attendance.

The full budget will be available to the public on April 30.