Voters to consider 17-18 budget proposal

Spending is down .26 percent; budget preserves programs

On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Central Valley School District will go to the polls to vote on the district’s proposed $44,975,000 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal would decrease spending 0.26 percent or $119,500 compared to the current year. This would result in a 1.69 percent tax levy increase while maintaining academic and extracurricular programs. Because the tax levy is less than the district’s tax levy limit, the budget will require a simple majority of greater than 50 percent of voters for approval.

Polls are open noon-8 p.m. at the Central Valley Academy small gym, 111 Frederick St., Ilion.

The board of education voted 6-0 on Apr. 12 to adopt the proposed budget.

Business Manager Ken Long said the proposed tax levy of $8,436,000 is $315,544 or 3.6 percent less than the combined 2012-13 tax levies of the former Mohawk and Ilion school districts, the year prior to the merger. Controlling the tax levy was a major objective outlined in the district’s merger study.

The proposed budget also includes a $100,000 Capital Outlay project, which is 98-percent aided in the following year. The project will replace lighting in the CVA Large Group Instruction Room and fitness
center with energy-efficient LED lighting. In addition, the district will remediate petroleum-tainted soil under the parking lot near the CVA tennis courts.

The project will have almost no tax impact. In December 2016, the district replaced 15-year-old lighting in both CVA gymnasiums with LEDs. The district will use New York state building aid reimbursement from that project to offset nearly all of the expense of the new project.

Providing for students’ futures

The proposed budget continues to fund Central Valley’s evolving programs and services designed to meet the district’s vision to “provide a relevant, progressive educational and social foundation to graduate all students as lifelong learners prepared for career and/or college.”

Among the highlights are:

• Navy National Defense Corps of Cadets program, which teaches citizenship, leadership and life skills.
• Growing adoption and success of Personalized Learning that tailors teaching to the needs of the individual student.
• Students’ success in athletics, the arts and a variety of academic competitions.