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School Budget Vote Is Tuesday, May 21

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On Tuesday, May 21, voters in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District will decide on a $36,295,087 budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

Voters will also decide on propositions for bus purchases, a bus purchase reserve fund, two seats on the Board of Education, and a proposition for the Clifton Springs Library and the Phelps Community Memorial Library separate from the school district’s budget.

The school district’s budget proposal calls for a 1.77% increase in spending and a 2% increase in the tax levy, which is below the district’s 4.33% limit for next year based on the state’s tax-cap formula.

A property owner with a Basic STAR exemption and a property assessed at $100,000 would pay an additional $32.96 annually, under the school district’s budget. The same property owner with the Enhanced STAR exemption would pay an additional $14.74 annually based on 2018-2019 assessed values.

The school district’s budget would maintain programs, add additional academic, social-emotional and athletic supports for students, keep up with growing class sizes in certain grades, and address needs in transportation operations along with buildings and grounds.

Several additions were made possible by taking advantage of aid opportunities presented by the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES or by reallocating funds from areas that are no longer needed.

Staffing Changes Under The Budget

The following items are additions to the 2019-2020 budget to advance academic programs and improve district operations: 

  • Two full-time elementary teaching positions (kindergarten and first grade). 
  • One full-time elementary assistant principal position. 
  • One full-time elementary school counselor position. 
  • Increase of a part-time (.4) English as a New Language teacher to full-time. 
  • One part-time (.4) French teacher through Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. 
  • Increase a part-time bus dispatcher to full time. 
  • One half-time human resources specialist through Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. 
  • One full-time cleaner position; two full-time laborers. 

The following items are being removed from the current year’s budget as a reflection of updated student needs and to improve efficiency:

  • One full-time elementary teaching position (fifth grade) due to changes in enrollment in that grade. 
  • One full-time elementary (K-2) principal position, as the result of a retirement. 
  • One full-time special education teacher position, made possible by more efficient scheduling and changes in need. 
  • One part-time (.6) French teacher, as the result of declining enrollment. 
  • One full-time custodian, made possible by a realignment from three “head” custodians to two (one K-6, one 7-12).