Whitesboro CSD Budget, Bus Purchases and Capital Project Approved by Voters
Voters within the Whitesboro Central School District have once again demonstrated their confidence and trust in the District as the proposed 2019-2020 budget was passed on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, along with propositions for bus purchases and a capital project. The budget and both propositions were each approved with ratings of 80 percent or more.
Some highlights of the $70M budget for the 2019-2020 school year include a $100,000 capital outlay project for repairs at the middle school, expansion of the Mandarin Chinese program, expansion of the American Sign Language (ASL) program, and the continued presence of Special Patrol Officers in each of the District’s seven school buildings.
The budget also includes the purchase of four 65-passenger school buses and two 30-passenger school buses, as part of the District’s bus replacement program.
Along with the budget and bus purchases, voters also approved a $20.3M Capital Project, which is District-wide and will address items such as: health and safety/security enhancements, renovation of the middle school auditorium, roofing, building structural needs, instructional technology infrastructure, and more. The capital project will have zero impact on the tax levy, which the District is able to accomplish by using $1M of the existing Capital Reserve Fund – funds that are reserved exclusively for capital improvement expenditures – to offset any local share of the project. The remaining balance of the project will be paid using building aid provided by New York State. The current building aid ratio is approximately .84, meaning that state aid will fund 84% of the project cost.
District voters have also elected Steven D. Farr and incumbent Donald H. Henderson to the Whitesboro Board of Education. They will serve on the Board from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022.
The Whitesboro Central School District is grateful for the continued support from the local community in its pursuit of the District’s mission: “To inspire, cultivate, and empower all learners to maximize their potential.”