apr. 22, 2015
On Tuesday, April 21, the Liberty Board of Education unanimously adopted a $42,981,805 budget for 2015-16 that keeps spending flat and yields a zero percent tax levy increase.
From January through early April, the board reviewed and fine-tuned the draft budget so that it would be reflective of its annual goals related to education and resident feedback regarding educational priorities and school taxes.
Administrators were able to maintain the tax levy – or the amount of revenue raised through property taxes – by keeping the budget increase to a modest 1.85% through a number of reductions (for example, retirement system costs, petroleum products) and best utilizing an increase in state aid.
The budget proposal being presented to the community supports the Liberty Board of Education’s long term goals to significantly improve academic achievement by providing additional social and emotional supports for students, increasing the use of technology across the district, increasing support for English Language Learners, and expanding enrichment opportunities while maintaining small class sizes throughout the district.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 5, and district residents will vote on the budget May 19.
“We did our best to strike a balance between the needs of our students and staff and the taxpayers of our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Silver. “We feel this budget maintains the level of educational excellence we strive for without increasing taxes.”
Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 9
p.m. at the Liberty High School gymnasium.
Voters will also select from among four candidates for three open seats to serve on the Liberty Board of Education from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. The three seats for re-election are currently held by Daniel Parkhurst, Sheila Parks and Cindy Prince. The candidates for election are Sheila Parks, Karen Hook, and Jennifer Desrochers and Dan Parkhurst.
Voters will also be asked to consider a revised scope of the Phase II capital project that was rejected in October 2014, which also has no tax impact.
What: Voter registration deadline
When: Thursday, May 14 at 4 p.m.
Where: Residents can register from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F at the Liberty Central School District Office (115 Buckley Street) or at the County Board of Elections.
What: 2015-16 Budget Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the Liberty High School
What: 2015-16 Annual District Budget Vote
When: Tuesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 9 p.m.
Where: Liberty High School gymnasium