Business Office and District Budget
The Assistant Superintendent for Business supervises Liberty’s Business Office, which is responsible for accounting, auditing, benefits coordination, capital projects coordination, contract negotiations, facility use coordination, the district census, payroll, purchasing, records management, and safety planning. The business office also supervises Buildings and Grounds, Food Services and Transportation.
2023-2024 District Budget
On Tuesday, May 16, voters in the Liberty Central School District approved, 232-50, the district’s $66.3 budget proposal for the 2023-24 school year.
“We appreciate the residents’ continued support of what we are accomplishing here at the Liberty Central School District,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said. “With that support, we can continue to give our students the future-forward education they deserve.”
The $66,296,362 budget funds all current student programs and services, while decreasing the tax levy by $1 million. It enhances the nationally recognized social emotional learning program Leader in Me and expands Science 21 and the HMH ELA and mathematics programs to help provide a consistent curriculum across grades. The budget also will establish an in-house newcomer program for English language learners, add two permanent substitute positions to each school building and an LPN position to be shared across two buildings, bring the IT director position in-house and add vape detectors to the middle and high school bathrooms. Funds will also be used to enhance safety and security.
- Total Budget: $66,296,362
- Proposed Budget Change: $$8,753,105 (+15.21)
- Proposed School Tax Levy: $17,760,162
- School Tax Levy Change: -$1 million or -5.33%
- Property Taxes: $17,760,162
- State Aid: $46,800,000
- Fund Balance: $0
- Reserves: $0
- Other: $1,736,200
- Total: $66,296,362
- General Support: $6,496,344
- Instruction: $33,847,916
- Pupil Transportation: $7,364,374
- Employee Benefits: $15,304,528
- Debt Service $2,923,200
- Interfund Transfers: $360,000
- Total: $66,296,362
- Administrative Component: $6,769,810
- Program Component: $51,677,444
- Capital Component: $7,849,108
Voters elected three board of education members. Eugene S. Thalmann, with 210 votes, was elected and sworn-in on May 16 to fill the unexpired term of Anthony Sinacore as well as a full three-year term that will expire on June 30, 2026. Serving three-year terms starting July 1 will be Maureen Stabak, who was re-elected to the board with 238 votes, and Erin Abplanalp, who was elected for her first term on the board, with 197 votes.
Voters must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a district resident for at least 30 days and be registered to vote at your county board of elections, which will automatically register you to vote at the district. The last day to register with the district is May 11.
Qualified voters may request an absentee ballot application by contacting District Clerk Tania DeFrank at tdefrank@LibertyK12.org or 845-292-6990. May 9 is the last day for absentee applications to be received for those who will be mailing a completed ballot. May 15 is the last day for absentee ballot applications to be received in person and the completed ballot delivered by hand. Absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. May 16, 2023, to be counted.
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In New York, school leaders begin developing their school budget proposal long before the public vote in May. Each budget proposal is unique, but the planning process is similar for most schools.
Laurene M. McKenna
Assistant Superintendent for Business