With guidance from the Board of Education, we are excited to present the community a budget that helps us set our educational priorities for the upcoming year, addresses student and program needs, and keeps us focused on our responsibility to local taxpayers.
Even under difficult inflationary trends and some uneasiness in the economy, we are proposing to leverage long-promised Foundation Aid from the state to minimize the impact on local property taxes to support academic, social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, and extra-curricular activities in our schools.
The 2023-2024 budget will also help us meet the demand of another double-digit increase in health-care costs along with increased costs due to an increased demand by our students for services provided in partnership with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.
This budget proposal builds upon a multi-year strategy to ensure a sound fiscal foundation for the future by reducing our use of reserve funds, continuing a cycle of phasing out old buses, and establishing a capital reserve account to plan for future construction/renovations.
Building a budget involves input from many different stakeholders. We’ve met with the Board of Education, staff and have received feedback from community members.
If you’d like to share your thoughts on the budget, please consider attending a public hearing on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room (room 103) at Midlakes Elementary School.
Future details on the 2023-2024 budget are below, in this edition of the Midlakes Journal and on our website at Midlakes.org/AnnualVote.
— Nick Ganster, Superintendent