HARTSDALE, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Central School District Board of Education approved its $63.3 million budget for the 2014-15 school year during a special meeting Thursday, April 25.
The proposed budget remains under the New York state tax cap that allows for a 2 percent increase each year.
According to school board President Lloyd Newland, the budget manages to keep the district's staff intact.
“We are pleased with the collaborative effort between the board and central administration,” Lloyd said. “The priority was not to lay off teachers or cut programs, and there was a possibility that we would have to do that. There were no layoffs, and we can now continue funding the wonderful programs that so greatly serve our students.”
The special meeting was the second meeting last week before the board voted its approval. There was a regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, April 23.
The approved budget comes on the heels of new legislation introduced by both state Sen. Andrea Stewart Cousins, D-Yonkers, and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, D-Tarrytown, to establish equalization rates for the Greenburgh Central School District. Under the current state aid formula, the district is rated along with the unincorporated areas of the town of Greenburgh, including Edgemont, a community with far greater property value and income than the Greenburgh school district.
This new legislation would amend the law to establish a special equalization rate for the Greenburgh school district for the purpose of determining actual valuation to calculate its operating and building aid.
“This new legislation would correct the inequitable distribution of state aid,” said Ronald O. Ross, Greenburgh schools superintendent. “Currently the district is unfairly rated against the much wealthier school districts nearby. These districts get much more funding than we do. I look forward to a new school year when our children get the state aid that they rightfully deserve.”
The next public hearing for the 2014-15 budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Woodlands High School. The meeting will provide the community the opportunity to ask questions or discuss concerns before the May 20 vote.
For more information on Greenburgh Central, visit the school district's website, http://www.greenburghcsd.org/pages/greenburghcsd.