This year's annual school budget vote is Tuesday, May 16. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at BH-BL High School. In addition to voting on the 2017-18 school budget, residents will be asked to elect three candidates to the BH-BL Board of Education.
At its April 11 meeting, the BH-BL Board of Education approved the 2017-18 budget proposal that will go before voters on Tuesday, May 16. The proposed budget of $65.4 million carries a tax levy increase of 1.96 percent (which is below the tax cap) and an estimated tax rate increase of 1.58 percent. The proposal would maintain programs and staff, support the expansion of the district's Chromebook laptop computer initiative to include the high school (where students are assigned their own Chromebook laptop to use throughout the school year), add two sections of kindergarten to address the increased kindergarten enrollment, and include a new middle school schedule. A detailed budget newsletter will be mailed to residents in early May. [BUDGET INFORMATION]
School officials and the board have begun work on the 2017-18 school budget. The first order of business was the approval and adopion of the budget context, objectives and development calendar. The board uses this as a guide when building the budget, which goes before voters Tuesday, May 16. [DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR]
Three seats on the board will be open for election at the May 16, 2017 school budget & Board of Education vote. If you are interested in running for the board, please contact Tara Mitchell to pick up a Board Candidacy Packet which includes a petition, a biographical worksheet, and other important information. The packet can be picked up at the District Office/Communications Office, O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Road. Petitions are due to the district office/Tara Mitchell no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 17. However, petitions and biographical information (and a photo) are welcomed early.
At its August meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 property tax rates for the BH-BL school district. The weighted average tax rate increase is 0.15 percent, which is lower than the estimated 0.65 percent tax rate increase that had been predicted in May during the school budget vote. [FULL STORY]
During these trying financial times, all members of the BH-BL community are encouraged to contact their elected leaders to voice their opinions on public school funding and mandate relief.
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We've learned that sending your comments via regular mail is most effective. They can be addressed and mailed to:
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Albany, NY 12224
Honorable Carl Heastie
New York State Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Room 932
Albany, NY 12248
Legislative Office Building, Room 803
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2181
Fax: (518) 426-8621
Mary Beth Walsh
Legislative Office Building, Room 725
Albany, NY 12248