The 2021-2022 school budget season is underway in the City School District of New Rochelle with the adoption of a calendar of dates to discuss expenditures and revenues, and to then adopt a final budget before the public vote on May 18.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Gregory Kern presented the calendar at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. He also presented some preliminary figures, noting that Governor Andrew Cuomo has projected an $15 billion shortfall in the state’s budget, and that the Governor has asked for the same amount from the federal government to fill the gap.
After a year of struggling with a pandemic that has taken its toll around the globe, the District faces some difficult figures. As it stands, state aid figures would give New Rochelle $588,937 less than in the current year, for a total of $49,363,834, based on the executive budget.
The consumer price index, a factor in determining the tax cap each year, is 1.23%, its lowest since 2016.
The District will calculate and file the tax cap calculation with the New York State Comptroller on March 1. The preliminary District budget is scheduled to be presented at the Board of Education meeting the following evening, March 2. The public portion begins at 7 p.m.
The budget calendar also includes the earlier Board of Education meetings on February 2 and 23 as occasions when the budget could potentially be discussed. A final budget is scheduled to be adopted on April 20. The budget vote and school board election will be on Tuesday, May 18.
Meetings are currently held via Zoom. Any changes in that format will be announced in subsequent e-newsletters and other channels. The full calendar follows here:
February 2, Tuesday: BOE regular meeting, public session 7 p.m.
February 15 – 19: Schools closed – Mid-Winter Recess
February 23, Tuesday: BOE committee of the whole, public session 7 p.m.
March 1, Monday: Tax Cap filed with the NYS Office of the State Comptroller
March 2, Tuesday: BOE regular meeting, public session 7 p.m. Tentative presentation of preliminary School District Budget
March 9, Tuesday: (Tentative) School Budget Review Session, 7 p.m.
Part I – Community discussion is invited.
March 16, Tuesday: (Tentative) School Budget Review Session, 7 p.m.
Part II – Community discussion is invited.
March 23, Tuesday: BOE committee of the whole, public session, 7 p.m.
Part III – Community discussion is invited.
April 6, Tuesday: BOE regular meeting, 7 p.m.
April 20, Tuesday: BOE special meeting: 7 p.m.
**ADOPTION OF 2021-2022 BUDGET** (Legal deadline: Friday, April 23.)
Board votes on resolutions pertaining to BOCES 2021-2022 Administrative Budget and Trustees;
Board approval of Property Tax Report Card
May 4, Tuesday: Public Hearing on the Proposed 2021-2022 Annual school budget (Ed. Law 1716)
(BOE meeting follows immediately.)
May 18, Tuesday: Budget Vote and BOE Election
May 19, Wednesday: BOE committee of the whole
Official canvas of the Returns of the Annual School Election/Budget Vote