Two thirds of proposed school district budget slated for salaries and benefits

    Public vote on budget and Board of Education candidates takes place between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday at Peekskill High School

    Voters will give an up or down vote Tuesday to a $89,634,989.23 budget for the 2017-18 school year. That represents a 3.55 percent increase over this year’s $86,564,193.00 budget, or 1.02 percent increase ($403,919) in the tax levy, or the total amount taken in by taxes.

    The public vote will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Peekskill High School and will also include the candidates for the Board of Education.

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    Other items of note include:
    • Forty six percent, or $40,871,389, of next year’s proposed school budget comes via state aid.
    • Sixty seven percent of the expenses in next year’s budget are slated to go to Salaries & Benefits, with just 2.33 percent going to Materials & Supplies and Equipment.
    • The three part component budget is broken down as follows: 77 percent Program, 15 percent Capital and 9 percent Administrative.
    • One cohesive bilingual program Varios Idimos Un Corazón/ Many Languages One Heart, that has as its goal bi-literacy in English and Spanish K-5
    • Increased Parent Education and Involvement through Changing Suburbs Institute Partnership with Manhattanville College
    • Addition of a Special Services Kindergarten Integrated Co-Teacher at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of assistant principals at the elementary schools at a cost of $280,000.
    • Addition of an assistant principal at the middle school at a cost of $130,000.
    • Addition of a Grade 6 Math teacher at the middle school at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of a guidance counselor at the high school at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of an English teacher at the high school at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of a Social Studies teacher at the high school at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of a districtwide Committee on Special Education chairperson at a cost of $111,000.
    • Addition of a Special Services Self-Contained Grade 3-5 Life Skills class at a staffing cost of $111,000.
    • New or enhanced courses will be offered at the middle school in STEM, Career and Technical Education, Math, English, Social Studies and Music.
    • The high school STEM program will add a Technological Design class.
    • To help assist with the social and emotional support of our students at the high school, the district will enter into a $40,000 contract with Westchester Mediation for use of one of their counselors.
    • Increased course offerings at AHS, Albany University in the high school program
    • Partnership with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES for Culinary Arts for Special Education Program, Consumer Math, and increased access to Robotics and Career and Technical courses.

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