2017-18 budget passed by voters

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls Tuesday, May 16, approving a $45.8 million budget for the 2017-18 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition and community library vote. With 538 in favor and 294 opposed, residents approved the $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for an increase in …

2017-18 proposed budget approved by RCS BOE

On Tuesday, April 18, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Board of Education (BOE) approved the proposed $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.99 percent spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.25 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) is …

District expects tax rate increase for residents after settlement reached with Selkirk Cogen and Town of Bethlehem

As the Town of Bethlehem has reached a settlement for a tax assessment reduction for Selkirk Cogen Partners, LP, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District prepares for an estimated tax rate increase of 4 to 5 percent. Selkirk Cogen is a natural gas plant located in Bethlehem. The company challenged their tax assessment, which stood at …

RCS voters approve $44.5 million budget, bus and library propositions

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls today, approving a $44.5 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition, community library vote and proposition. With 655 in favor and 317 opposed, residents approved the $44,500,531 budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget calls for an increase in total …

Voters to decide on $44.4 million budget proposal

Spending plan for 2016-17 maintains programs, stays within tax cap Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 17, to decide on a $44,450,531 budget proposed for the 2016-17 school year that maintains all current student programs. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day, and voters will …

2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA

On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget ends the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has diverted billions of dollars from schools during the last seven years. The Legislature’s vote on the budget came …

RCS leaders await state budget before finalizing 2016-17 school district budget

State lawmakers are in the final stages of adopting a 2016-17 state budget with Friday, April 1 as the deadline if they want to continue their five-year record of having an on-time budget. Once the state budget is finalized, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk officials will receive firm state aid revenue projections, and can then make decisions before finalizing …

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. “ …

Gov. Cuomo outlines school aid proposal and education agenda for 2016-17

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17. The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, …

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