202-2023 Budget Book

Thank you to Schenectady voters for approving the budget.
Budget Passed:  
1164 Yes   326 No
   Proposition to create a capital reserve fund is approved:  1216  Yes   269  No
   Cathy Lewis and Vivian Parsons were elected to the board of education.
Cathy Lewis 925 | Vivian Parsons 748 | Kristen Holler 614 | Emily Willey-Aulet 558

Board Adopts Budget

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, the Board of Education approved a spending plan of $239,167,067 which is a $20 million or 9.29% increase over the current year without any increase to the tax levy.  More here.

The budget increases and supports programs, services and partnerships including:

Increased Student Support Services (Counselors, Social Workers, Safety Personnel, Restorative Practice Specialists)

Increased Athletic & Extracurricular opportunities (Modified Athletics at the Middle School Level)

Extended Learning Time at All Schools

Community Schools Initiative

Infrastructure & Facility Improvements

Secondary School Redesign

Librarian/ Instructional Media Specialist At Every School 

School Counselor at Every School

New Literacy Curriculum

Parent Liaisons In All Schools

Increased Professional Learning Opportunities

Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations

Positions to be added:
$3,839,494 will be funded through Federal funding and therefore is not included the general fund.  The total number of positions to be added in 2022-2023: 

41 teachers to fill open positions

4 assistant principals to fill vacancies and ensure that every school has a principal and assistant principal

3 special education teachers and 2 speech therapists

8 library media specialists

29.5 positions to address school climate and safety at all levels (2 Operation Center, 9 Security Monitors, 8.5 School Safety Officers, 10 Community and Culture Engagement Specialists, Expansion of the Community Engagement Officer Program)

7 Attendance Paraprofessionals

6 School Counselors

2 Social Workers

4 restorative practice specialists

Every school will have a school counselor and two social workers on campus.  

Proposition to create Capital Reserve Fund
When residents head to the polls, they will also be asked to consider a proposition to create a Capital Reserve Fund.  The purpose would be to have an account specifically for funding general building improvements, construction, renovations or additions as needed at district schools.  The reserve fund would not exceed $5 million.  The board of education would determine how much funding would be deposited into the account each year.  Mr. Gillooley anticipates that the duration of the Capital Reserve Fund is five (5) years.  

A public hearing will be held on May 4 at 7 p.m. at Schenectady High School.

Residents will head to the polls on May 17 to consider the budget and proposition as well as elect two members to the board of education. 

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. 

Polling Places

Yates Elementary, 725 Salina Street
Howe Elementary, 1065 Baker Avenue
Paige Elementary, 104 Elliott Avenue
Woodlawn Elementary, 3311 Wells Avenue
M.L. King Elementary, 918 Stanley Street
Mont Pleasant Middle School, 1121 Forest Road Schenectady High School, 1445 The Plaza
Fulton School, 408 Eleanor Street


A first draft of the 2022-2023 Budget was presented to the Board of Education on March 30.

Budget Survey

A summary of the 2022-2023 Budget Survey Results were presented at the March 16 Board of Education Meeting.

Let's Talk
If you have questions, thoughts, or concerns that you would like to share regarding the 2022-2023 Budget, please submit them here.

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