The Board of Education held a public budget workshop on Tuesday, May 28th to look at the possible next steps after the district's proposed 2019-2020 budget was defeated last week.
Under New York State law, if a proposed budget is defeated by voters, a district has the option of putting the same or a revised budget up for a revote or adopting a contingent budget. If a proposed budget is defeated twice by voters, districts must adopt a contingent budget.
The three options for the Board to consider are:
- Revise the budget, propose a new tax levy increase, and re-vote on June 18th.
- Re-vote on the exact same budget on June 18th.
- Go directly to contingency budget*
*A contingency budget would require the board to reduce the proposed budget by $654,316. In doing this, the board may not be able to adhere to its goal of preserving student programs and services or staff. It would likely have to make a number of staff reductions, which would increase class sizes and reduce electives for high school students. Adopting a contingent budget prohibits a district from spending any money in certain areas, including community use of school facilities (unless all costs are reimbursed to the district); new equipment purchases; nonessential maintenance; capital expenditures (except in emergencies); salary increases for non-instructional and non-unionized employees; and certain field trips and student supplies. Also under contingency rules, the administrative component of the budget would be subject to certain restrictions.
The Board of Education will continue to discuss the 3 possible options and they plan to make a decision at the regular BOE meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 pm.
If there is a new vote, it will be held on the statewide school budget re-vote day, June 18th.
Voting would take place from Noon to 8:00pm at Apalachin Elementary School and this time at Owego Apalachin Middle School - 3 Sheldon Guile Blvd. Owego, NY 13827. (The OAMS lobby would need to be used, due to Regents Testing taking place in OFA on the 18th.)
Continue to get the latest/factual information on the 2019-2020 school budget here: https://www.oacsd.org/BoardofEducation.aspx
OA Community members should take the time to review the following stories from last nights budget workshop.
Spectrum News Southern Tier story on workshop:
pressconnects.com / Press & Sun-Bulletin article on workshop: