RCS faces more than $400,000 budget gap at beginning of process

District leaders optimistic about balancing 2016-17 spending plan

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Superintendent Robert Libby and Business Administrator Joanne Moran presented a preliminary forecast of the RCS 2016-17 school budget during the Board of Education meeting.

“These numbers reflect where we are at right now, at the beginning of the process,” Libby said. “ As we move forward we will see adjustments in these numbers as we work toward our final budget draft.”

Once the preliminary numbers were calculated, RCS administrators and Board of Education members were left with a $415,717 gap in the budget proposal.

Even with this deficit, Moran is hopeful. “No gap is a good gap. However, I am optimistic that we can make the 2016-17 budget work,” she said. “We will continue to discuss options for closing the shortfall to achieve a balanced budget.”

During the March 8 Board of Education meeting, the BOE and school administrators will begin taking a closer look at the various components that make up the budget. Budget presentations will continue throughout March and April, with a formal public hearing on the budget proposal scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the high school library.