Unadilla Valley

PO BOX F | 4238 State Highway 8
New Berlin, NY 13411
P: 607.847.7500
F: 607.847.9194
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Budget Basics in 60 seconds

The 2019-20 school budget vote is May 21, 2019

The vote will be be held in the District Office Lobby from noon to 8 p.m.

Superintendent's Budget Message

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $956 million school aid increase for 2019-20. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid would be $27.7 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3.6 percent.

The bulk of the increase is in two major categories: $338 million in additional Foundation Aid, which is the primary source of funding for everyday school operations, and $619.7 million to reimburse districts for designated expenses such as transportation, construction and BOCES services.The state’s Property Tax Cap law would become permanent under the governor’s plan. 

The executive budget proposal is the formal beginning of budget negotiations between the governor and the two houses of the New York State Legislature, with a final state budget due on or before April 1.

So what does this mean for Unadilla Valley?
We don’t have the full picture yet and there is a long way to go in terms of budget negotiations at the state level. We know that the preliminary projections for state aid are coming from just one of three sides in the negotiations. 

Here at Unadilla Valley Central School District, budget work never really ends. Although district voters head to the polls on the third Tuesday every May to vote on the budget, the reality is the district’s fiscal work happens all year. While we said goodbye to our retired business official Michael Brown in December, his replacement, Wayne Tilley, came on board in November to ensure a smooth transition. 

Within the district, we have asked our faculty to ensure they are requesting supplies and equipment that they need, and are using the supplies and equipment that they already have. We strive to operate the district as efficiently as possible because we know there are no guarantees from Albany.
Superintendent Robert Mackey

2019-20 Budget Development Calendar

 Present 2019-20 budget calendar to Board of Education for adoption
Budget development guidelines and forms distributed to budget developers with deadline date for return to business office 
Nov. 1 - Justification required for all purchases for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year 
Dec. 12 - BOCES initial requests due 
Preliminary transportation budget due in business office
Preliminary plant operations and maintenance budgets due in business office
Draft schedule due from administrators 
Jan. 18 - Preliminary athletic budget due in business office
Jan. 18 - Preliminary cafeteria budget due in business office
Jan. 18 - Deadline for requisitions on Budget-Pro
Preliminary debt service and employee benefits budgets due in the business office
All instructional staffing for the proposed budget finalized
Feb. 1 - Purchasing cut off for 2018-19 school year (earlier if budget performance dictates) 
Feb. 8 - Administrative staff will make budget recommendations to the superintendent 
Feb. 11 - Board of Education Budget Workshop
Feb. 15 - Budgets returned to supervisors for any adjustments
Estimated revenues and tax projections for the proposed budget
March 1 - All budget details including equipment requests, supply needs, contractual expenditures due from budget developers in business office
March 1 - Submit information to calculate Tax Levy Limit on NYS Comptroller's website
March 18 - Board of Education Budget Workshop 
Budget newsletter finalized
Property Tax Reportcard submitted to local newspaper for general circulation and submitted to SED
First publication of legal notice of school budget (within seven weeks of date set for annual meeting with first publication 45 days before such meeting)
April 12 - BOCES final requests due
TBD - Adopt proposed budget
Second publication of legal notice of school budget vote
Deadline for submission of petitions for nominations of board candidates (in accordance with board regulations)
Deadline for submission of petitions for propositios to be placed on ballot (30 days preceeding meeting date)
Date for drawing by District Clerk for determination of order for listing board candidates on ballot
Third publication of legal notice of school budget vote
Appointment of clerks and inspectors of election
Fourth publication of legal notice of school budget vote
TBD - Annual Budget Hearing
May 21 - Annual School Budget Vote and Board Election 
June 30 - 2018-19 Fiscal Year ends 
July 1 - 2019-20 Fiscal Year begins
TBD - Board of Education annual reorganizational meeting 


2018-19 School Budget News and Information


District voters approve 2018-19 school budget 
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Unadilla Valley Central School District residents, by a vote of 137 to 44, approved a $20.2 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. 

Voters also re-elected two incumbent school board members who were running unopposed and approved a bus lease proposition by a vote of 150 to 32. Carrie Meade and Mark Davis were re-elected to the Board of Education with 155 votes and 154 votes respectively.

Separate and independent proposition to fund the New Berlin Library was passed by a vote of 82 to 22.

The budget includes an overall tax levy increase of $63,761, or 1.50 percent, which meets the district’s state-mandated tax levy limit. The budget has an overall spending increase of $848,549 or 4.39 percent.

A 2.26 percent increase in state aid over the current year enables the district to continue all academic programming, extracurricular activities and athletics. UV continues to evaluate efficiencies in all areas of operation, as well as focus on improving academics through professional development and collaboration with the community.

“Our focus must always be on meeting the educational needs of each and every one of our students as efficiently as possible,” said Superintendent Robert Mackey. “We have a limited ability to control how the state of New York funds education, but we know that if we work hard and wisely use the resources we have, we can help guarantee good outcomes for all students.”

Aside from contractual costs, such as salaries and benefits, the bulk of the proposed spending increase is due to an expansion in special education programming. This includes meeting increased special education needs, as well as keeping more students in the school building instead of sending them off site. Costs include two special education teachers and five support staff members. These changes will result in savings from reduced BOCES tuition and positions the district to collect tuition revenue from other area districts that may send students to UV. In addition, the district is using revenue from a health insurance consortium refund to offset the costs of procuring new equipment for the library and for technology instruction.     

The amount the district pays for tuition for out-of-district placement is also decreasing under the adopted budget due to students aging out of the school system. The budget includes a $100,000 capital outlay project—90 percent of which is funded through state aid—designed to improve the plumbing infrastructure of the building.