On Monday, April 11, the Valley Central Board of Education voted to adopt the district’s proposed budget of $98,533,456 during its regularly scheduled meeting. The proposed budget, which represents a 1.91% spending increase or $1,846,191 will result in a tax levy increase of .48% -- an increase which is within the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.
“The administration worked diligently to ensure that our budget was able to preserve all of our programs and add new instructional and support staff to increase opportunities for our students in a fiscally responsible manner,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis said.
The proposed budget maintains all current programs and positions, while increasing educational opportunities and support for students through the creation of new part-time positions or expansion of existing positions including AIS reading and math teachers, a student assistance counselor, middle school English teacher and a high school music teacher.
The budget also partially restores Valley Central Middle School’s Alternative Education program, adds a part-time registered nurse to the district’s staff and increases hours for the licensed practical nurses at the elementary level. The proposed budget also adds curriculum writing projects consistent with the Common Core.